BUFFALO, N.Y.—Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Kyle Eagan, 27, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) and Murder in Aid of Racketeering, was sentenced to 265 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi, who handled the case, stated that between 2000 and 2010, Eagan was a member of the 10th Street Gang. As a part of his involvement with that gang, the defendant, along with other members and associates of the gang, sold marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, and other controlled substances on the West Side of Buffalo. Eagan and others also committed acts of violence, including murder, against rival gang members and rival drug dealers.
Specifically, Eagan admitted that the multiple acts of murder and attempted murder consisted of shooting at the victims with firearms, with one of the shooting incidents occurring in “drive-by” fashion on city streets. The violent acts consisted of:
• On September 15, 2008, Eagan and another individual shot at a group of rival 7th Street gang members killing Omar Fraticello-Lugo.
• On August 12, 2009, Eagan and a fellow 10th Street Gang member shot an individual nine times. The individual survived.
• On September 7, 2009, Eagan shot at rival 7th Street Gang members.
• October 17, 2009, Eagan shot at a rival 7th Street gang associate.
Eagan is one of 44 10th Street Gang members and associates charged and convicted in this case.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Investigators of the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Steven Nigrelli, the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commission Daniel Derenda, and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen.