Southside gang member gets 30 years for 'blight and death'
A York City gang member who trafficked drugs, participated in racketeering and who police say was involved in at least two murders has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.
Anthony "Kanye" Sistrunk, 30, a member of the Southside gang, was sentenced in federal court on Friday, June 29, according to court records.
He was one of 12 Southside members convicted of various racketeering and drug-trafficking offenses in Harrisburg's federal court on Nov. 16, 2015, after a two-month trial. Eight other members pleaded guilty prior to trial.
"Sistrunk has been and will continue to be a dangerous criminal, whether he is incarcerated or released," according to a sentencing memorandum filed by federal prosecutors. "Sistrunk and his co-conspirators have brought nothing but blight and death, all on borrowed time."
Many of the gang members have been sentenced to life in prison or de facto life sentences, and the sentencing memorandum filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office notes that Sistrunk also could have received life in prison.
He has appealed his conviction, federal court records state.
Also in the Bloods: In addition to being a Southsider, Sistrunk was a member of the Bloods national street gang — as were a number of his fellow Southside gang members, authorities said.
After he and fellow gang members were lodged in Dauphin County Prison on their federal charges, they concocted a racketeering scheme within the prison by smuggling in cellphones and drugs, according to federal prosecutors.
An inmate-turned-informant alerted authorities to the smuggling, and in September 2017 gang members retaliated against him by stabbing him in a prison shower, according to prosecutors' sentencing memorandum.
Three days after the stabbing, guards went to Sistrunk's cell to search it for contraband, and as they walked in, Sistrunk threw an iPhone into the toilet, documents state.
Guards found cellphone chargers hidden behind the light switch of Sistrunk's cell and a bag of marijuana under a bed, according to the sentencing memorandum.
Murders: "Sistrunk was involved in multiple particularly violent episodes involving this crew," the memorandum states, including the Nov. 17, 2012, homicide of 25-year-old Christen Edward Latham outside the former MoMo's Restaurant on Loucks Road (Route 30) in York City.
He was never charged in that homicide, although York City Police at the time identified him as someone with whom they wanted to speak. Federal prosecutors say Sistrunk didn't participate directly — only indirectly, as a member of the gang who furthered the conspiracy and to whom the murder was "clearly foreseeable," according to the sentencing memorandum.
Sistrunk also was involved in the July 8, 2007, murder of Michael L. Concepcion in the area of Edgar and East Poplar streets, according to the sentencing memorandum.
Concepcion, 25, of York City, was unarmed at the time, police have said. His survivors included a wife and their three young children. A .223 bullet from an assault rifle fired by Juan Henriquez tore through Concepcion's heart.
City police have said they believe Sistrunk was riding in the car that Henriquez fired from.
The gunfire grazed the head of a 4-year-old girl who was inside her home at the time, police said. She escaped serious injury.
'Borrowed time': Now 35, Henriquez was found guilty of third-degree murder at trial in York County Court. He was sentenced in 2008 to 20 to 40 years in state prison.
"Sistrunk could have very easily been serving a life sentence for his involvement in that killing," the sentencing memorandum states. "In other words, as of July 8, 2007, Sistrunk was living on borrowed time."
He used that borrowed time to sell "kilos" of cocaine and other drugs, to sell guns and to be involved in violent crime including murders, according to the memorandum.
Gang warfare between the Southside and Parkway crews — in which Sistrunk was involved — culminated in the Mother's Day 2009 murder of 9-year-old Ciara "CeCe" Savage by Parkway members, the memorandum alleges.
Sistrunk also fled from York City Police on April 6, 2009, driving at speeds of 50 mph and more through city streets, and threw a sawed-off shotgun out the window of his car as he fled, according to the memorandum.
Despite facing a life sentence after being convicted, Sistrunk continued to associate with his gang co-defendants and had drugs and illegal phones in his prison cell, the memorandum states.
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