The leader of a local gang, whose name was meant as a warning to others that the gang will murder you, was found guilty on a number of charges.

On Tuesday, in Southern District of New York Court, a jury convicted 24-year-old Tyrin Gayle on all seven-counts, including charges for attempted murder, racketeering, narcotics and witness tampering, all in connection with his leadership of the Yellow Tape Money Gang in the City of Newburgh.

Last year, nine members of the gang, including Gayle, were arrested.

According to court documents and evidence from the trial:

  • From 2015 to May 2016, Gayle was the leader of the Yellow Tape Money Gang (YTMG). A gang that is accused shootings and dealing heroin and crack cocaine.
  • The gang’s adult members, including Gayle, regularly used minors to sell their drugs, carry their guns and commit their shootings.
  • YTMG, whose territory centered around the intersection of William Street and Hasbrouck Street, engaged in a violent rivalry with another Newburgh street gang, known as Southside, whose territory centered around the intersection of South Street and Chambers Street.
  • On December 11, 2015, Gayle and two others drove to the intersection of South Street and Liberty Street and opened fire on Southside gang members in broad daylight.
  • At least one Southside member returned fire, causing the YTMG car to crash into a tree.
  • On February 21, 2016, in retaliation for a shooting of one YTMG member, Gayle and others drove to the intersection of South Street and Chambers Street. When Gayle was unable to locate any Southside gang members in the area, he and his fellow gang members shot an innocent bystander in the stomach.

Officials learned the group called themselves the “Yellow Tape Money Gang,” based on the yellow caution tape that authorities use to block off dead bodies following a murder. The reference was apparently meant as a warning to rival gang members that they would need yellow tape if they crossed the “YTMG.”

Gayle is scheduled to be sentenced in January. He faces 10 years to life in prison.

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