The Defendants’ Conduct Included the Shooting of an Off-Duty Police Officer in October 2018
Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that four members of the “Jack Boyz” street gang have been sentenced in connection with the October 30, 2018, shooting of an off-duty NYPD officer and other Bronx violence. NAZAE BLANCHE, a/k/a “Zae,” was sentenced yesterday to 14 years in prison. Previously, LEON SMALLS, a/k/a “Smoove,” was sentenced on August 27, 2020, to 15 years in prison; PATRICK AVILA, a/k/a “Pat,” was sentenced on September 24, 2020, to 12 years in prison; and JALEN COLDS, a/k/a “Jay Gunz,” was sentenced on September 29, 2020, to 16 years in prison. All four defendants were sentenced by United States District Judge Valerie E. Caproni. Each defendant previously pled guilty to using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of, a crime of violence, which firearm was discharged or brandished, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).