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Manhattan Gang Member Pleads Guilty In Federal Court To Racketeering, Arson, Robbery, And Firearms Offenses

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 Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that LARRY WHITE, a/k/a “L.O.,” pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to participating in a racketeering enterprise known as Bully Gang, setting two cars on fire in Manhattan on January 14, 2019, committing multiple armed robberies, and committing a shooting on June 3, 2017, in Manhattan.  U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff accepted the defendant’s guilty plea.

Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said:  “Today, Larry White admitted to a brazen and dangerous crime spree in New York City, including armed robberies, an arson, firearms offenses, and his active participation in a dangerous gang.  We continue our daily work with our law enforcement partners to keep our communities safe and to vigorously investigate acts of violence committed by gang members.”

As alleged in the Indictment and statements made in open court:

Bully Gang was a criminal enterprise involved in committing armed robberies throughout New York City.  As admitted today in open court today, White personally participated in multiple armed robberies in furtherance of Bully Gang, set two cars on fire in Manhattan, and shot a victim on June 3, 2017, in Manhattan. 

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WHITE, 33, of New York, New York, pled guilty to participating in a racketeering enterprise, which carries a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; Hobbs Act robbery, which carries a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, which carries a statutory maximum sentence of life in prison, and a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison to run consecutively to any other term of imprisonment; being a felon in possession of a firearm, which carries a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison; and arson, which carries a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison. 

WHITE is scheduled to be sentenced on January 28, 2021.

The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by the judge.           

Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the New York City Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Longyear, Jacob Warren, Andrew Chan, and Paralegal Specialist Claudia Hernandez are in charge of the prosecution.


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