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High ranking member of the Grape Street Crips admits to orchestrating 2013 execution

October 8, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
High ranking member of the Grape Street Crips admits to orchestrating 2013 execution

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Federal prosecutors say a ranking member of the Grape Street Crips in New Jersey has admitted to orchestrating a plot to murder a fellow gang member, taking part in an attempted murder and conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in Newark Federal Court..

Officials say Rashan Washington known as “Shoota” pleaded guilty on Friday to charges in a RICO indictment, which includes five counts of murder, attempted murder as part of a racketeering conspiracy and taking part of a continuing criminal enterprise.

The 30-year-old Washington, is  reputed member of the Grape Street Crips sect based in Newark, New Jersey.

Washington, a high-ranking member of the New Jersey set of the Grape Street Crips admitted his role in orchestrating a gang-related murder among other charges listed in an indictment

As part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Washington admitted his involvement in orchestrating the gangland slaying of a man identified as Victim-5, who he left alone in a vehicle with the knowledge that another gang member was going to shoot him in November 2013.

The targeted victim was subsequently executed after being shot in the head at point-blank range, according to a Justice Department press release.

The superseding indictment accuses the gang’s leader, Corey Hamlet, a/k/a “C-Blaze,” 41, of Newark, of ordering Victim-5’s murder after gang members believed that he had been disloyal by arranging a meeting at the Short Hills Mall in Millburn, New Jersey.

Court documents indicate the meeting  was part of an effort to end a long-running feud between Hamlet and a rival member identified as “Victim-1.”

Alleged Grape Crips gang kingpin Corey Hamlet, a/k/a “C-Blaze,” a/k/a “Blaze,” a/k/a “Blizzie,” a/k/a “Castor Troy,” 39, of Belleville, New Jersey,

As a result of the murder, Washington rose to the rank of “G,” of “Gangster,” within the Grape Street Crips.

Moreover, Hamlet posted a report by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office on social media which suggested “Victim-1” had provided authorities with information.

Three days after posting the report, gang members shot “Victim-1” and another man on Hamlet’s orders.

Both victims survived the shooting but suffered serious injuries.

Washington also admitted his role in an October 2013 shooting by gang members in retaliation for a colleague’s murder.

As a result of the guilty plea, Washington faces a 30-year prison term when he is sentenced on February 2nd.

 

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