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Second York City gang leader gets life in prison

  • Marc Hernandez, a leader of York City's "Southside" gange, was sentenced to life in prison.
  • Rolando Cruz Jr., 32, another "Southside" leader, was also sentenced to life in prison.

Another leader of York City's "Southside" gang will spend the rest of his life in prison.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday, Oct. 25, that Marc "Marky D." Hernandez, 32, a leader of "Southside" as well as a member of the "Bloods," was sentenced to life in prison for racketeering and drug-distribution conspiracies.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the government presented evidence that Hernandez continued gang-related activites from his jail cell while awaiting sentencing.

This Southside gang graffiti taunted law enforcement, but a joint investigation into Southside that led to federal indictments against 21 purported gang members disproved that taunting claim.
(Photo courtesy of the U.S. Attorney's Office)

Those activities included smuggling drugs and phones into prison and attempting to order the murder of people outside of prison, the release states. Additionally, Hernandez had risen to national leadership within his set of the "Bloods" gang, according to officials.

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Judge Yvette Kane sentenced Hernandez to a life in prison on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Earlier this month Kane sentenced Hernandez's co-defendant, Rolando Cruz Jr., 32, to life in prison.

Marc Hernandez, pictured in a 2014 mugshot.

Background: Hernandez and 11 others were convicted during a seven-week trial in November 2015.

They were among 21 Southside members who were federally indicted in September 2014.

The gang operated in southern York City, centered in the area of Maple and Duke streets, according to the release.

Violence against the rival York City Parkway gang resulted in deaths or shootings of members of each gang as well as innocent bystanders, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Officials have said Southside members and associates used fear, intimidation, retaliation, violence and threats to protect the gang's territory and its criminal enterprise — drug trafficking, primarily.

A massive two-year probe into Southside gang activity by York City Police, federal prosecutors and federal agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, led to federal indictments against the 21 purported gang members.

The others convicted who have been sentenced are:

• Jalik “Murder Cat” Frederick, 24, was sentenced to 33 months in prison on June 5 for drug possession with intent to deliver.

• Brandon “B Or” Orr, 23, was sentenced to 34 months in prison in November 2016 for drug possession with intent to deliver.

• Jabree “Minute” Williams, 24, sentenced to 60 months in prison for drug possession with intent to deliver.

The following members who were convicted are awaiting sentencing: 

• Douglas “Killer” Kelly, 39, racketeering conspiracy, drug-trafficking conspiracy and drug possession with intent to deliver.

• Roscoe “P Shawn” Villega, 43, racketeering conspiracy, drug-trafficking conspiracy, and drug possession with intent to deliver.

• Tyree “Ree” Eatmon, 29, racketeering conspiracy, drug-trafficking conspiracy and drug possession with intent to deliver.

• Maurice “Mo” Atkinson, 30, racketeering conspiracy, drug-trafficking conspiracy and drug possession with intent to deliver.

• Anthony “Kanye” Sistrunk, 29, racketeering conspiracy, drug-trafficking conspiracy and drug possession with intent to deliver.

• Eugene “B Mor” Rice, 29, drug-trafficking conspiracy and drug possession with intent to deliver.

• Angel “Pocko” Schueg, 28, drug-trafficking conspiracy and drug possession with intent to deliver.

The gang members who pleaded guilty to racketeering before the trial and have not been sentenced are:

• James “Doocs” Abney, 31, who authorities say was one of the leaders and main enforcers of Southside.

• Malik “Base” Sturdivant, 25.

• Jahkeem “Foo” Abney, 27.

• Ronald “Ron Ron” Payton, age 25.

• Cordaress “Tank” Rogers, 31.

• Marquis “Quis” Williams, 29.

• Jerrod “Boogie” Brown, 28.

• Quintez “Q” Hall, 25.

• Richard "Rich" Nolden Jr., 27.

Hernandez and Cruz were the primary leaders of the gang, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Consiglio told jurors at trial. Both were convicted of racketeering conspiracy, drug-trafficking conspiracy, drug possession with intent to deliver and two counts of possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.