Gang leader admits to murder, attempted murder, kidnap plot
Updated on October 12, 2017 at 7:46 PM
NEWARK -- The second-in-command of a notorious Newark street gang faces decades in prison after pleading guilty to a series of criminal offenses, including engineering a failed plot to kill a witness against him, Acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick said.
Kwasi "Welches" Mack, 28, admitted to murder and attempted murder in connection with a criminal conspiracy, as well as assaults with a weapon and conspiracy to distribute heroin while a member of the Grape Street Crips.
Mack's list of offenses include the August 2006 murder of a gang rival and a shooting during a cookout Oct. 10, 2011, in which eight people were wounded with an assault rifle. Mack was attempting to kill a gang member who had cooperated in a murder investigation, authorities said.
Mack also tried to have a witness against him in the 2011 shooting killed, but the murder never happened.
Two years later, in 2013, Mack tried to kidnap a heroin dealer during a robbery attempt. That same year, he ordered an attempt on another person's life, and also took part in another murder attempt of a rival as revenge for an unrelated homicide.
Also in 2013, Mack and others planned to kidnap a major heroin-trafficker in order to rob him.
Mack faces 39 to 45 years in prison when he's sentenced in March 2018.
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Welp his life is over