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Buffalo man gets 30 years for gang killing

Amir Chambers was the victim of a gang feud and the rival gang member who killed him is going to prison for 30 years.

Fred Keys, 54, an associate in the LRGP Gang, admitted killing Chambers in April 2011 as part of a turf war with the Cold Springs Gang and in retaliation for the killing of an LRGP member five weeks earlier.

Keys had previously pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge and could have received a sentence of up to life in prison from U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Arcara also sentenced Alexis Mills, an accomplice in the shooting, to 18 1/2 years in prison for her role in the killing.

For three years, LRGP operated in a neighborhood bounded by Lombard, Rother, Gibson and Playter streets and gained a reputation for using violence and intimidation to control its turf around the Broadway Market.

Key's guilty plea is the result of an investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the Buffalo Police, New York State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and a prosecution led by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas S. Duszkiewicz and Joel A. Violanti.


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