United States District Court, S.D. New York
W. SWEET, U.S.D.J.
September 19, 2017, Matthew Williams ("Defendant"
or "Williams") pleaded guilty to possession of a
firearm in connection with the racketeering conspiracy. Based
on the conclusions sets forth below, Williams will be
sentenced to the mandatory minimum of 60 months'
imprisonment, followed by three (3) years' supervised
release, subject to the scheduled sentencing hearing on
November 27, 2017.
is named in a two-count indictment filed in the Southern
District of New York on June 22, 2017. Count One charges that
from at least 2010 up to and including April 12,
2017, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere,
Williams, during and in relation to his involvement in a
racketeering enterprise, "Young Gunnaz" or
"YGz, " that engaged in a pattern of violent
racketeering activities including murders, attempted murders,
robberies, and other crimes of violence, in violation of 18
U.S.C. § 1962(d), Williams used and carried firearms,
and aided and abetted the use, carry, and possession of
firearms, in furtherance of crimes of violence.
Two charges that on April 12, 2017r in
the Southern District of New York, Williams, after having
been convicted in a court of a crime punishable by
imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, possessed an RG
Industries Model RG23 .22 caliber revolver, which had
previously been shipped and transported in interstate and
September 19, 2017, Williams appeared before the Honorable
Debra C. Freeman, in the Southern District of New York, and
allocuted to his criminal conduct as charged in Count One of
is scheduled to be sentenced on November 27, 2017.
accordance with the Supreme Court's decision in
United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005), and
the Second Circuit's decision in United States v.
Crosby, 397 F.3d 103 (2d Cir. 2005), the sentence to be
imposed was reached through consideration of all of the
factors identified in 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a), including the
Advisory Guidelines. Thus, the sentence to be imposed here is
the result of a consideration of:
(1) the nature and circumstances of the offense and the
history and characteristics of the defendant;
(2) the need for the sentence imposed -
(A) to reflect the seriousness of the offense, to promote
respect for the law, and to provide just punishment for the
(B) to afford adequate deterrence to criminal conduct;
(C) to protect the public from further crimes o:: the
(D) to provide the defendant with needed educational or
vocational training, medical care, or other correctional