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Two former gang members admit roles in shootings

Sat, October 10, 2015 1:27 PM | NYGIA (Administrator)

The bloody rivalry between Buffalo’s 7th and 10th Street gangs is sending two more gang members to prison.

Kasiem Williams, 26, a former 7th Street Gang member, admitted taking part in several gang shootings, including the murder of Virgil Page, as part of a plea deal this week. Williams shot and killed Page on 19th Street in June of 2010.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi said Page’s murder was part of a “favor for a favor” deal that another 7th Street member made with Efrain “Cheko” Hidalgo, leader of the 7th Street Gang.

In return, 7th Street member Leslie Cunningham, 44, promised to kill two rival 10th Street members. Cunningham, who claims he was also targeted for murder, admitted Thursday to shooting at two rival gang members and wounding one of them during a June 2010 incident at a corner store on Virginia Street.

As part of a plea agreement accepted by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, Cunningham pleaded guilty to attempted murder in aid of racketeering.

Williams pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge.

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