Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that FUGUAN LOVICK, a/k/a “Fu Banga,” pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to a shooting that he committed inside the Barclays Center on April 21, 2018, as part of his participation in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods (“Nine Trey”). U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer accepted the defendant’s guilty plea.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Today, Fuguan Lovick admitted to a brazen and dangerous act of violence. While inside the Barclays Center with Tekashi 6ix 9ine and other Nine Trey gang members, Lovick fired a gun to intimidate rival gang members. We continue our daily work with our law enforcement partners to keep our communities safe and to vigorously investigate acts of violence committed by gang members.”
As alleged in the Indictment and statements made in open court:
Nine Trey was a criminal enterprise involved in committing numerous acts of violence, including shootings, robberies, and assaults in and around Manhattan and Brooklyn. Members and associates of Nine Trey engaged in violence to retaliate against rival gangs, to promote the standing and reputation of Nine Trey, and to protect the gang’s narcotics business. As admitted in open court today, on April 21, 2018, LOVICK discharged a firearm inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in order to scare rival gang members.
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LOVICK, 42, of Brooklyn, New York, pled guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and to brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison and a maximum sentence of life. LOVICK is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Engelmayer on August 19, 2019.
The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by Judge Engelmayer.
Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the New York City Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He also thanked the Kings County District Attorney’s Office for its assistance in the investigation.
This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Longyear, Jacob Warren, Jonathan Rebold, and Sebastian Swett are in charge of the prosecution.