MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Four members of the Mount Vernon Get Money Gangstas street gang pleaded guilty to reduced charges in Westchester County court and now face lengthy prison sentences.
Mark “Markie” Ogilvie, 25; Tyron “Yayo” McCallum, 27; Travis “Trav” Clarke, 25, all of Mount Vernon; and Bronx native Jason “Dutch” White, 32, pleaded guilty to a series of felony charges stemming from an investigation into several homicides that occurred in March 2012, according to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.
Ogilvie pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree manslaughter and one count of criminal possession of a weapon. McCallum pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and one count of criminal possession of a weapon. Each crime is a felony.
Clarke, the group's youngest member, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder, while White pleaded guilty to a felony count of criminal possession of a weapon.
Each of the Mount Vernon defendants stood accused of second-degree murder for their role in gang hits on March 11, 2012 that left three men dead.
The first victim, Russell Watkins, a Get Money Gangstas associate, was shot while riding his dirt bike in front of a series of witnesses 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.
The joint investigation included officials from the District Attorney’s office, Mount Vernon Police Department, the state Department of Corrections and the FBI. Each of the defendants will be sentenced in the spring.
“In our targeting these gangs, Mount Vernon has seen its gun violence homicides reduced dramatically,” DiFiore said. “The city is now a safer place for all its citizens, some of the same citizens that allowed both the DA and city detectives to develop their trust and confidence, thus allowing witnesses to come forward, resulting in today’s guilty pleas.”
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