One of the leaders of a gang linked to drugs and violence around the Broadway Market is going to prison for 15 years.
Dewayne Gray, 31, of Buffalo had previously admitted being part of the LRGP gang, a criminal organization with ties to two murders.
“There’s really no excuse," Gray told U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara on Friday. “I really don’t have the answer to why I did what I did.”
As part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Gray pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and admitted he helped manage and organize the gang’s drug dealing.
LRGP, which drew its name from the neighborhood in which it operated, bounded by Lombard, Rother, Gibson and Playter streets, gained a reputation for violence and intimidation on its turf around the Broadway Market.
The gang, according to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas S. Duszkiewicz and Joel L. Violanti, also is connected to the retaliatory killing of Amir Chambers in 2011 and the murder of Andre Anderson in 2009. Other LRGP members have pleaded guilty to those murders.
Gray’s sentence is the result of an investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the Buffalo Police and State Police.