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MLK Park shooter who killed one, paralyzed another gets 22 years in prison

Tariq Brown wanted to increase his standing in the Bailey Boys.

Shooting into a crowd of people at Martin Luther King Park, killing one man and wounding four others, was his way of doing it.

Brown, 23, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to 22 years in prison.

Brown, who took a plea deal earlier this year, admitted pulling the trigger that day in May 2012 when 26-year-old Marquay Lee was killed and four others were injured.

One of the victims in the park shooting is now a paraplegic and another is blind in one eye.

Brown, who admitted being a member of the Bailey Boys gang, said the shooting targeted the Guilford Crew, a rival street gang. He also admitted to three other attempted murders, all  involving rival gang members, as part of his conviction for racketeering conspiracy.

Except for the MLK shootings, the various shootings by Brown targeted the LRGP Crew, which the Bailey Boys saw as encroaching on their turf during the summer of 2011. The Bailey Boys operated in a neighborhood bounded by Winspear Avenue, the Kensington Expressway, Eggert Road and Main Street.

The rivalry eventually attracted the attention of the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the Buffalo Police and State Police, and a federal prosecution led by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Meghan A. Tokash and Michael Felicetta.


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