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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Edgar Dekay, 38, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of RICO conspiracy and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced to serve 123 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph M. Tripi and Brendan T. Cullinane, who handled the case, stated that the defendant admitted to being a member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club (KMC), a criminal organization which engaged in such crimes as distribution of controlled substances, maintaining premises for use and distribution of controlled substances, possession, use and sale of firearms, sales of untaxed cigarettes, and promoting prostitution. The KMC sought to preserve and protect their power, territory, and reputation through intimidation, violence, threats of violence, assaults, attempted murder and murders, and was involved in placing victims, potential victims, potential witnesses, and others in fear of the enterprise, its members, and associates, through violence and threats of violence.
On September 21, 2012, Dekay participated in a drive-by shooting in order to retaliate against a former KMC member who assaulted a KMC Regional President. On that date, the defendant, along with co-defendants Ryan Myrtle, Thomas Koszuta, and others, used firearms to shoot up the house of a former Kingsmen who beat up a KMC Regional President and who stole from the KMC.
On June 7, 2013, Dekay and other KMC members agreed to “shutdown” the Springville KMC Chapter because members of that chapter were loyal to the former KMC National President, who was forced out of the KMC and replaced as National President by David Pirk. As a result, the “shutdown” included Kingsmen members clubbing the former Springville KMC Chapter President victim in the head with a heavy mag light flashlight, forcibly taking property from members of the KMC Springville Chapter, and destroying evidence of the assault and robbery.
Also, on August 3, 2013, the defendant and other KMC members, decided to conduct a drive-by shooting targeting former members of the KMC Springville Chapter. The defendant and others drove to the former Springville KMC clubhouse where the former members were gathered and fired twice towards the group who were outside. One of the shots from the shotgun struck a vehicle which was parked near where one of the targeted former KMC members was standing.
A total of 16 defendants were charged and convicted in this case, including KMC National President David Pirk and Andrew Jenkins who were each sentenced to serve multiple terms of life in prison.
Today’s sentencing is the culmination of an investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert. Assisting in the investigation were the following: the FBI Knoxville, TN, and Jacksonville, FL Field Offices; Homeland Security Investigations; the Erie County Sheriff’s Office; the Buffalo Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the New York State Police; the Olean Police Department; the Lancaster Police Department; the Amherst Police Department; the City of North Tonawanda Police Department; the Niagara County’s Sheriff’s Office; the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police; the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department; and the Hamburg Police Department.
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