By Gangsters Inc. Editors
The boss and two members of the Brooklyn-based Real Ryte gang pleaded guilty to racketeering charges stemming from Real Ryte’s gang war with the Breadgang crew of the 5-9 Brims, a subset of the Bloods, including a shooting in which Real Ryte members and an associate wounded an innocent bystander they mistook for a member of the rival crew.
On Tuesday, October 10, 30-year-old Semaj Smith, also known as “Bam Bam” and “Real Ryte Sport,” a Real Ryte member, pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn to racketeering conspiracy and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. His guilty plea was preceded by those of co-defendants Dajahn McBean (photo above), 28, also known as “Jeezy Mula,” an aspiring rapper who is the leader of Real Ryte, and Real Ryte member Mark Waiters, 26, also known as “Telly.”
When sentenced, Smith and Waiters each face up to life in prison, and McBean faces up to 20 years in prison.
“The defendants admitted that Real Ryte carried out violent crimes and committed acts of fraud, leaving some victims destitute and others shot.” stated United States Attorney Breon Peace. “These types of organized criminal groups inflict grievous harm on their communities and will not be tolerated.”
War with Breadgang crew
Between 2015 and 2018, the Real Ryte gang operated in Brooklyn. Members committed acts of violence, including murder and assault, and also engaged in bank fraud and wire fraud while committing other serious crimes.
During the charged period, Real Ryte was engaged in a violent conflict with members of a rival crew known as the “Breadgang,” whose members also operated in Brooklyn. The gang war led to a series of shootings between Real Ryte and Breadgang, including the murder of Sean Peart, a Real Ryte member, a crime for which Marvin Pippins, a Breadgang member, was convicted following trial in the Eastern District of New York.
Following Peart’s death, the defendants and other members of Real Ryte sought to retaliate against Pippins and other Breadgang members. On January 3, 2017, the defendants learned that a Breadgang member could be found in lower Manhattan, and, at McBean’s direction, Smith, Waiters and a co-conspirator traveled there to shoot and kill him. However, the defendants mistakenly shot an innocent person they mistook for their intended target, seriously injuring the victim before fleeing.
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