A Bloods gang member was sentenced Wednesday to 112 years in prison for his role in a large-scale narcotics pipeline that moved heroin and cocaine throughout the Capital Region.
Michael "Jigga" Williams, 28, of Albany, was convicted of 17 felony counts on May 21 following the longest trial in the history of Albany County.
The gang member undefined who blasted an investigator as a "coward" and "devil" following his conviction undefined was found guilty alongside two co-defendants in the 13-week trial before Judge Stephen Herrick. A fourth defendant was acquitted on most charges; jurors could not reach a verdict on the rest.
Williams was found guilty of counts that included conspiracy and drug dealing. He was involved in the selling of heroin and cocaine, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office, which prosecuted the case.
The three convictions concluded a 2012 case Schneiderman's office brought against 52 defendants, including reputed members of the Bloods and the South End-based Original Gangsta Killas street gang.
Most defendants cut plea bargains with prosecutors before their cases went to trial. And Herrick dismissed charges against two defendants who went to trial undefined Anthony Taylor of Albany and Richard Collier of Glens Falls undefined following arguments by their lawyers.
In addition to Williams, jurors convicted Guy "Sos" Anderson of Cohoes, a supplier of the cocaine and heroin, of 17 drug-dealing related counts. That including being a major trafficker, which alone carries a life sentence. Also found guilty was OGK gang member Jamel "Melly Mel" Pearson of Albany, who was convicted of 11 drug-dealing counts.
Pearson, like Williams, is a persistent felony offender, which makes him eligible for a life sentence.
The jury acquitted Marquese "Man Man" Johnson, who authorities said has been an OGK member, of every charge that ended in a verdict. Schneiderman's office could retry him on undecided charges.
Schneiderman's office noted in a news release Wednesday that the overall drug ring "distributed massive quantities of cocaine, heroin and various illegal prescription medications, including hydrocodone, oxycodone and Percocet" from New York City to areas that included Albany, Renssealer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, Greene, Ulster, Orange and Rockland counties, as well as Vermont.
The case followed an 18-month investigation by Schneiderman's Organized Crime Task Force and Albany and State Police, among other agencies. It was prosecuted by Assistant Deputy Attorney General Michael Sharpe.