New Haven gang shootings lead to racketeering convictions

September 17, 2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A man prosecutors say was a member of a Connecticut street gang has pleaded guilty to a federal racketeering charge stemming from an investigation into 40 unsolved shootings.

Milton Westley, of New Haven, faces up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the 20-year-old Westley was a member of the Goodrich Street Boys gang and admitted his role in two of 18 shootings in and around New Haven linked to the same three guns.

Police say the first shooting, in 2016, occurred because gang members felt they were disrespected on social media. They say Westley recorded himself at the scene and sent the video to other gang members.

Another reputed gang member, 21-year-old Michael Via, pleaded guilty to the same charge in July. Four others are awaiting trial.

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