A 21-year-old member of the Goodrich Street Boys gang in Connecticut will spend more than a decade behind bars for his role in violent gang activities.
Milton Westley, aka “Reese,” 21, of New Haven, was sentenced in Hartford federal court to 156 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to conspiracy and racketeering charges.
Local and federal investigators began investigating unsolved shootings that had occurred in New Haven and Hamden in 2016. Ballistic examination of recovered cartridge cases determined that three weapons were used in 18 shootings committed in or around New Haven in 2016.
The investigation determined that the firearms were possessed by members and associates of GSB and that gang members also were involved in a number of other shootings in 2016, many of them retaliatory against rival gang members.
On Aug. 3, 2017, Via was among six GSB members indicted by a grand jury in New Haven, charging them with racketeering, attempted murder, firearm, and narcotics trafficking offenses.
Westley pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to engage in a pattern of racketeering activity and admitted that he and other GSB members conspired to kill an individual who they believed had been disrespectful to their gang.
On May 27, 2016, GSB members ambushed the victim and his friend as the two were walking on a busy street in New Haven. The victim - who survived the attack - later identified Westley as the assailant who shot him in the stomach. After the victim collapsed to the ground, Westley stood over him and shot him in the head.
Another GSB member shot the second victim in the hand as he attempted to shield his face.
The victim who was shot in the stomach and head continues to recover from his injuries. He was in a coma for several weeks and had to learn to walk and talk again. This was the second time GSB gang members had shot at their victim.
Westley has been detained since his arrest on Aug. 9, 2017.
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