Federal Judge Declares Mistrial In Newburgh Gang CaseMar 16th, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Lead Article
After eight days of deliberations the month long federal trial against two Newburgh gang members, 30 year old Anthony “Double O” Boykin and 23 year old Justin “Justo” Simmons, was declared a mistrial Friday, after jurors said they could not reach a verdict.
It is alleged that Boykin was the leader of a local chapter of the Bloods gang and Simmons one of his soldiers. The gang is said to be responsible for heavy drug trade throughout the area as well as murderous attacks on several individuals including 25 year old Lamont “City” Young in 2009 and 34 year old Tyrik Legette. It is also belived that Simmons shot City of Newburgh resident John Maldanado in the leg. Maldonado was slain months later by members of the Newburgh Latin Kings.
When questioned by U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon, the foreman said they failed to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the 17 counts against the men.
Boykin and Simmons will remain incarcerated in anticipation of a new trial, which could begin as early as April 8.