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NEWBURGH – Six men have been charged with attempting to rob individuals selling crack cocaine and marijuana from an apartment at 54 Chambers Street in Newburgh on December 15, 2010 and shooting Jeffrey Henry, 35, to death in the process.
US Attorney Preet Bharara termed the murder “a senseless death tied to drugs, guns and greed.”
The indictment unsealed Wednesday charges the six with conspiring to rob others they believed to be in possession of drugs and cash, conspiring to distribute narcotics they expected to steal, and with possessing and using firearms and firing one that killed Henry.
Two defendants, James Williams, 28, also known as L-1,” and Kevin Burden, 24, also known as “Kev Gotti,” allegedly arranged for firearms to be provided to the other four men, Raymond Christian, 19, also known as “Reckless,” Tyrell Whitaker, 19, also known as “Bow Wow,” Rashawn Vassell, 19, also known as “Bash,” Glenn Thomas, 23, also known as “Gucci,” and other co-conspirators not named.
In a coordinated effort on Wednesday, officers and agents from the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force arrested all six men. Agencies involved included the FBI, Newburgh City Police, State Police and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. “The violence that plagues the City of Newburgh is caused by multiple factors and as such must be combated by multiple levels of law enforcement.”
Whitaker lives in North Carolina; the other five men live in Newburgh.
In an unrelated case, also out of Newburgh, two men were arrested and charged in connection with a drug-related murder earlier this year in Newburgh.
Authorities said on Wednesday George Squire was charged with murder and robbery for shooting Tomas Almodovar to death on March 24, 2012. Quran Nichols was charged with drug trafficking and selling the gun used to kill Almodovar to another man.
According to the federal charges, Squire shot and killed Almodovar after robbing him at gunpoint to obtain high-grade marijuana and money.