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Gang member gets more 10 more years for murder, shootings

Kasiem Williams is already serving time for the murder of Virgil Page.

A judge punished him again Tuesday, this time for his involvement in the killing of Eric Morrow and eight attempted murders.

Williams, a member of the Seventh Street Gang, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to an additional 10 years in prison for his role in nine separate shootings. He is already serving a 25-year sentence in state prison for killing Page.

“If I could take everything back, I would,” Williams told Arcara.

Now 25, Williams, as part of a plea deal that first sent him to prison, admitted killing Page in June 2010. He subsequently agreed to a separate federal plea deal that covered his involvement in the Morrow killing and eight other shootings.

More often than not, the murders and attempted murders stemmed from the Seventh Street Gang’s bloody feud with the rival 10th Street Gang between 2000 and 2012.

“It was like the Wild West out there,” Arcara said. “People getting shot and killed. It was horrible out there.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi argued for additional prison time for Williams and pointed to the fatal shooting of Morrow in 2009.

Morrow, a 10th Street Gang associate, was gunned down on West and Auburn avenues in retaliation for the murder of Seventh Street member Anthony “Ace” Colon. Esteban Ramos-Cruz eventually admitted shooting and killing Morrow.

Williams’ lawyer, Joseph S. Damelio, asked for a shorter prison sentence and pointed to his client’s willingness to take responsibility for what he did.

“He was in the middle of something horrible, and he doesn’t shy away from it,” Damelio said.

In the end, Arcara sentenced Williams to 16 years in prison, 10 of which will be served after he completes his state prison sentence.

His sentencing is the result of a racketeering conspiracy conviction and an investigation by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the Buffalo Police Department and State Police.

email: pfairbanks@buffalonews.com

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