One major NYC gangster has been taken off the streets for the rest of his natural life, on charges of murder and racketeering. On Thursday, Yasser Ashburn, 33, was sentenced to two terms of life in prison, plus 10 years. He was convicted in Brooklyn Federal Court for the shooting Courtney Robinson to death at a party in 2008. Ashburn was the leader of Six Tre Folk Nation (an offshoot of the Folk Nation, founded by street legend Larry Hoover in Chicago in the late 70’s). The Six Tre Folks operates out of the Ebbets Field Houses in Brooklyn, named after the former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It has been reported that Ashburn ruled the Six Tre Folks during a period of war with the rivals Crips. Robinson was not a gang member.
“You’re a smart guy, but you played the game and you lost,” said Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis, during sentencing. “Now you have to pay the price for the error of your ways.”
Authorities have been investigating whether the Folk Nation and Crips gangs were shooting at each other on Sept. 7, 2015, outside the Ebbets Field apartment complex when Gov. Cuomo aide Carey Gabay, a Harvard-educated deputy counsel to the Empire State Development Corp., was killed by a stray bullet.
Gabay was on life support for a week before he died.
According to NY Daily News, gangbangers in the city of New York accounted for 130 of the murders committed within the five boroughs, in 2015. The gangs–including the Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings and more–accounted for 40% of the killings, many of which are believed to have been committed for petty reasons.