Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Federal Murder and Racketeering Charges

August 17, 2011 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 3:03 PM EDT

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Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Federal Murder and Racketeering Charges

August 17, 2011 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 3:03 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Wednesday that 23-year-old Kyle Eagan of Buffalo pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to federal charges of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations and Murder in Aid of Racketeering.

Each felony conviction carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Sentencing is scheduled for December 14.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi, who handled the case, stated that from in or about 2000, and continuing until in or about 2010, Kyle Eagan was a member of the 10th Street Gang. As a part of his involvement in the gang, Eagan, along with other members and associates of the gang, sold marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, and other controlled substances on the West Side of Buffalo.

Eagan, along with other members and associates of the gang, also committed acts of violence, including murder, against rival gang members and rival drug dealers.

As part of his guilty plea, Eagan specifically admitted that the multiple acts of murder and attempted murder consisted of shooting at the victims with firearms, with one of the shooting incidents occurring in “drive-by” fashion on city streets.

The homicidal incidents consisted of:

The September 15, 2008 murder of rival 7th Street Gang member Omar Fraticello-Lugo. Eagan admitted that members of the 10th Street Gang stole a car and that he shot and killed Omar Fraticello-Lugo, age 16, on Busti Avenue in Buffalo, New York. Eagan admitted that two other rival gang associates, identified as L.M. and J.M., were also shot during the murder.

The August 12, 2009 attempted murder of a victim identified as M.S. Eagan and a fellow 10th Street Gang member obtained firearms a retaliated against the family member of a rival in retaliation for the shooting death of a fellow 10th Street Gang member. Eagan and a fellow 10th Street Gang member shot victim M.S. multiple times causing life threatening injuries to victim M.S.

The September 7, 2009 attempted murder of rival gang members, identified as "Kasiem" and "Uda." Eagan admitted shooting several times at a vehicle occupied by the gang rivals.

The October 17, 2009 attempted murder of a rival gang associate, identified as victim C..M.. Eagan admitted shooting victim C.M. multiple times, from close range, from a vehicle being driven by a fellow 10th Street Gang member, while using a firearm provided to him by another 10th Street Gang member.

United States Attorney Hochul stated that “this prosecution demonstrates the commitment of this Office to protecting our citizens from some of the most egregious acts of violence occurring in our community. We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to ensure that those who would prey upon others receive the full measure of justice available under federal law.”