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Guilty plea ends two murder investigations

An East Side gang member admitted Friday to two separate murders five years ago.

Tyrone Brown, as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, said he killed Harold McCain in January 2011 and Kevin Wilkins in June of that same year.

Brown, a member of the Bailey Boys gang, also admitted to two other attempted murders in 2011. He pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge and will face up to life in prison when he sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

McCain was shot inside a store on Genesee Street and died at Erie County Medical Center later that day. Wilkins was murdered five months later.

Brown’s gang, the Bailey Boys, operated in a neighborhood bounded by Winspear Avenue, the Kensington Expressway, Eggert Road and Main Street, and later became known for its bloody feud with the LRGP Crew, which the Bailey Boys saw as encroaching on their turf during the summer of 2011.

Brown’s guilty plea is the result of a prosecution by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash and an investigation by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, Buffalo Police and State Police.

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