A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Rochester man convicted of his role in a violent street gang to 50 years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa sentenced Dearick Smith, 23, for his role in a group known as the “Wolfpack” and “Chain Gang.”
Smith and other members of the gang, which was linked to the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Carmella Rodgers, were prosecuted under federal racketeering statutes. The federal jury determined that Smith was one of three men involved in a conspiracy that caused Rodgers’ death.
Testimony at a five-week trial in 2011 showed gang members were also involved in the attempted slayings of individuals in rival gangs.
The gang’s drug-dealing and violence was centered in the areas of Chamberlain and Garson avenues, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Gregory, the lead prosecutor in the case.
Under federal guidelines, Smith would be eligible for parole in 42 and a half years, at age 65, if he behaves in prison.