CENTRAL ISLIP, new york – A former leader of a violent suburban New York street gang has been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences plus 145 years.
Raphael Osborne is also known as Gusto. He was sentenced for the last time in April of charges including attempt to murder, extortion, witness retaliation, and theft.
Federal prosecutors say the 31-year-old led the recruitment of new gang in Roosevelt, Long Island. They say that between 2003 and 2013, he gave orders to attack members of the rival Bloods gang “on sight”. They say 15 shootings and three murders committed during his reign.
Prosecutors say an informant was to the left paralyzed after Osborne was suspected of cooperation with the government. They say that they have sentenced 18 other members of Osborne’s gang and two more await trial.
Newsday, says lawyer John Carman called Osborne a fall guy for the crimes that are committed by other people.