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Core Member Of Mount Vernon Street Gang Gets 28 Years In Prison

Tyron McCallum
Tyron McCallum Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- A key member of a violent Mount Vernon street gang was sentenced to 28 years in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter and weapons charges, according to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

Tyron McCallum, 27, is the first of four members of the GMG gang to be sentenced in connection to a series of three fatal shootings that took place within six hours of each other on March 11, 2012, the district attorney said.

The first victim, Russell Watkins, a Get Money Gangstas associate, was shot in front of witnesses while riding his dirt bike on Seventh Avenue . The investigation into that murder is ongoing, though it is believed the suspect is a member of a rival street gang, the Goonies.

In retaliation, two associates of the Goonies were “hunted down,” shot and killed later that day.

Shortly before 9 p.m., Stephon Ramsey was shot and killed as he attempted to leave his home. The victim suffered gunshot wounds to the back of his head and right thigh. He died in Jacobi Medical Center eight days later.

Approximately two hours later, Cleveland Baxter was shot while driving his BMW. He died in Mount Vernon Hospital the next day. Six rounds were found in his body during the autopsy. The gun used by the defendants was sold and later recovered by the NYPD in the Bronx.

In addition to McCallum, Mark Ogilvie, 25; Travis Clarke, 25; and Jason White, 31 are all facing sentencing after pleading guilty to various charges.

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