Convicted gang leader from Roosevelt gets 3 life sentences

A convicted Crips gang leader, who prosecutors say was behind a 10-year reign of terror in the Roosevelt area, was sentenced Friday to three consecutive

Federal prosecutors say Raphael Osbourne was a powerful leader of the New York-based Rollin' 60's Crips gang. He was known as

Federal prosecutors say Raphael Osbourne was a powerful leader of the New York-based Rollin' 60's Crips gang. He was known as "Gusto" and authorities say he was responsible for much of the violent crime that went on in the streets of Roosevelt. (1/13/17)

CENTRAL ISLIP - A convicted Crips gang leader, who prosecutors say was behind a 10-year reign of terror in the Roosevelt area, was sentenced Friday to three consecutive life sentences plus 145 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say Raphael Osbourne was a powerful leader of the New York-based Rollin' 60's Crips gang. He was known as "Gusto" and authorities say he was responsible for much of the violent crime that went on in the streets of Roosevelt.

Eastern District Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Boeckman said during Osborne's four-week trial that he was "responsible for the crime wave that wreaked havoc on Roosevelt day after day from 2003 to 2013."  

Under Osborne's reign, prosecutors say there were 15 shootings and three homicides by gang members. They say all of it was financed through firearms and narcotics trafficking.

Osborne is the eighth person to be sentenced following a much wider investigation by the FBI and the Nassau Police Department.  

Authorities say the probe began after a Crips gang member shot a Hempstead police officer in December 2011. That led to the arrest of 20 members and associates of the gang. So far, 18 of them have been convicted.  

Osborne's attorney declined to comment after the sentencing. His family tells us they will appeal the sentencing.

 

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