YONKERS, N.Y. – A reputed Yonkers gang member faces the death penalty after federal prosecutors say he murdered a rival gang member in 2011.
Marquis “Smurf” Jones, who is already in federal custody on drug charges, was named Wednesday in a six-count indictment charging him, among other things, with the murder of Carlos Patricio, 28, of Mount Vernon.
Jones is alleged to have shot Patricio in the head on July 28, 2011, after firing several bullets into a crowd of people.
Patricio’s death had been labeled as unsolved before Jones was charged Wednesday with use and discharging of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence causing death, a crime that is punishable by the death penalty.
Also included in the lengthy indictment were drug, weapons and conspiracy charges, each punishable between 20 years and life in prison.
Prosecutors said Jacobs carried loaded guns while peddling crack cocaine on city streets and robbed other drug dealers, including a November 2011 incident in which he ripped off a Cliff Street drug dealer and shot the man in the stomach, prosecutors said.
Jacobs was initially arrested by the FBI and Yonkers police on Dec. 2, 2011 and charged with distributing crack cocaine. He, along with three others, was later charged with additional drug and weapons charges along with conspiracy to commit robbery and attempted robbery.
The other men, Donald McIntosh, Maurice Anderson, and Manny Dossantos, have since pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
“With the additional charges filed against Marquis Jacobs today, we continue the painstaking process of developing evidence against these marauding groups of alleged gang members and holding them to account,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “This defendant’s alleged catalogue of crimes typifies the gang warfare that is all too familiar and that we are bound and determined to extinguish.”
Wednesday’s charges come as part of a long-term investigation into the gang activity in the Nodine Hill neighborhood.
In August 2011, 66 reputed members and associates of the Elm Street Wolves and Cliff Street Gangsters were charged with narcotics trafficking and firearms offenses.
Four of the Elm Street Wolves were also charged with the murder of Christopher Cokley, who prosecutors say was a leading member of another Yonkers gang, the Strip Boyz. Sixty-three of these defendants have since pleaded guilty, prosecutors said.
Then, in June 2012, 22 more alleged gang members, including 20 members of the Strip Boyz, were also hit with drug and weapons charges. Ten of these defendants have since pleaded guilty.
“These ongoing investigations have significantly reduced crime and illegal gang activity in our city and they send a message that there is a heavy price to pay for such illegal actions,” Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner said in a statement.