(13wham) Rochester, N.Y. - A former "Chain Gang" member in Rochester was sentenced to 50 years in prison Monday.
Dearick Smith, 23, sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa after being convicted by a federal jury of engaging in racketeering activity.
The prosecutor said up until about 2009, the "Chain Gang" aka "Wolfpack," operated in Rochester as a violent street gang. Gang members sold narcotics and committed violence principally in the areas of Chamberlain and Garson Avenues.
Nineteen gang members were charged with conspiring to use their membership in the Chain Gang to engage in a pattern of racketeering activity that included multiple acts of drug trafficking, the 2007 murder of Carmella Rogers and the attempted murder of several rival gang members.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives worked closely with the Rochester Police Department in the convictions of these gang members.
Russell Hampton and Michael Jackson were also convicted in July 2011 after a five week jury trial.
All other Chain Gang defendants were also convicted in other proceedings.