NEW YORK - Anthony Hopper, age 33, of Syracuse, was sentenced today to
serve 385 months (32 years and one month) in federal prison for
violating the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO),
announced Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon, Thomas F.
Relford, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Syracuse Police Chief Kenton
Buckner. Senior United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr.,
also ordered Hopper to serve a five (5) year term of supervised release
following his term of incarceration.
Hopper was convicted in October 2019, following an eight-day trial.
The RICO conviction included a finding by the trial jury that that
Hopper was guilty of a murder. In imposing sentence today, the Court
also found, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Hopper was
responsible for a second murder. The other 13 men charged in the same
indictment with Hopper have all pled guilty. Six have been sentenced to
During the trial, jurors heard testimony from members of the 110 Gang
and others about the gang’s robberies, drug trafficking, and illegal
possession of firearms. They also heard from witnesses who described
how the 110 Gang retaliated against other Syracuse gangs for shootings
“Anthony Hopper led the 110 Gang through murders, shootings,
robberies, assaults, intimidation, and drug dealing,” said Acting U.S.
Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon. “Thanks to hundreds of hours of work by
state, federal, and local law enforcement officers, Hopper has now been
held accountable for his brutal actions and removed from the streets of
Syracuse. Our resolve to make our community safe will never waver, and
we will not rest until we finish our work”
"Anthony Hopper was a dangerously evil leader of the violent 110 Gang
that wreaked havoc on Syracuse communities, causing residents to live
in fear for far too long," said Thomas F. Relford, Special Agent in
Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Albany Field
Office. "Today's sentence is indicative of the success that can be
attained when federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies combine
resources to remove violent organizations that threaten the safety and
stability of our neighborhoods."
Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner said, "The city of Syracuse and
the Syracuse Police Department are appreciative of our relationship with
the FBI. The sentencing in this case highlights the tireless efforts of
law enforcement and federal prosecutors to apprehend individuals
responsible for gang activity in our community. We will continue to do
everything within our power to protect the citizens living in our city."
Previously sentenced 110 Gang RICO defendants:
- Damani Prince was sentenced to 78 months in prison; 3-year term of supervised release
- Rashawn Wynn was sentenced to 92 months in prison; 3-year term of supervised release
- Davon Sullivan was sentenced to 68 months in prison; 3-year term of supervised release
- Qualik Vaughn was sentenced to 68 months in prison; 3-year term of supervised release
- Jason Lebron was sentenced to 92 months in prison; 3-year term of supervised release
- Javon Peterson was sentenced to 98 months in prison, 3-year term of supervised release.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI), the Syracuse Police Department, and the Gang Violence Task Force,
which consists of members of the Syracuse Police, the FBI, the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Marshals Service, the
U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the New
York State Police, the New York State Department of Corrections, the New
York State Attorney General, and the Onondaga County District
Attorney’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys
Nicolas Commandeur and Kristen Grabowski
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN),
the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction
efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at
reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders
work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in
the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As
part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most
violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry
programs for lasting reductions in crime.