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Member of notorious East Side gang admits role in murders

For three years, the LRGP Gang used violence and intimidation to control its turf around the Broadway Market.

On Tuesday, the leader of LRGP admitted his role in the street gang as part of a plea deal that could send him to prison for up to 30 years.

Dewayne Gray, 31, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and admitted he led a gang that is also tied to two murders. The gang drew its name from the neighborhood in which it operated, bounded by Lombard, Rother, Gibson and Playter streets.

“Members of the LRGP Gang routinely protected their territory with acts of violence,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz.

He said one of the murders, the killing of Amir Chambers, 26, on Mills Street in 2011, was in retaliation for the killing that year of Alonzo Scott, 32, Gray’s brother. He said the gang believed the rival Cold Springs Gang was responsible for Scott’s death.

The prosecution also linked Gray and LRGP to the murder of Andre Anderson, 31, at Peckham and Lombard streets in 2009. LRGP Gang member Anthony Skinner, who was only 16 at the time, pleaded guilty to the murder.

“There were many shootings back and forth involving the LRGP Gang,” Duszkiewicz told U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Duszkiewicz said Gray targeted Anderson because he believed Anderson had stolen weapons from the gang.

Gray’s guilty plea is the result of an investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the Buffalo Police, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Gray’s sister, Erika Gray, 34, an associate of the gang, also pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. She faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison when she is sentenced June 15.

Prosecutors said Erika Gray, despite being arrested in 2012, continued to distribute crack cocaine with other gang members after she was released from custody.