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Date: 06-07-2024

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United States of America v. Israel Garcia a/k/a “Shorty Rock”

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Court: The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office for New York City

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Former High School Dean Sentenced To Life Plus Five Years In Prison For 2010 Murder

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ISRAEL GARCIA, a/k/a “Shorty Rock,” the former leader of the Get Money Gunnaz set of the Young Gunnaz street gang (the “GMG YGz”), was sentenced to life plus five years in prison for the October 11, 2010, murder of Alfonso “Joey” McClinton. GARCIA shot and killed McClinton on a residential street in the Bronx, New York, as part of a dispute over narcotics trafficking territory. Following a seven-day trial in July 2023 before U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who imposed today’s sentence, a jury also convicted GARCIA of engaging in a conspiracy to distribute narcotics, murder while engaged in a narcotics conspiracy, murder through the use of a firearm, possessing firearms in connection with narcotics trafficking, and attempted witness tampering.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “Today’s strong sentence reflects our unwavering commitment to holding those who take another life fully accountable for their heinous crimes. Israel Garcia, a former high school dean who could have had a positive impact on our community, will now spend the rest of his life in prison for the brutal murder of Joey McClinton, for engaging in a narcotics conspiracy, and for witness tampering. I commend the career prosecutors of this Office and our law enforcement partners for doggedly pursuing this case and for bringing justice to Joey McClinton, nearly 14 years after his death.”

According to court filings and the evidence presented in court during trial:

For more than a decade, the defendant controlled the sale of narcotics in the vicinity of East 184th Street and Morris Avenue in the Bronx as the leader of the GMG YGz. As part of their narcotics operation, GMG YGz members carried firearms and engaged in back-and-forth shootings with neighboring, rival crews. This violence resulted in, among other acts, the 2010 murder of Alfonso “Joey” McClinton (“McClinton”). The State of New York arrested and prosecuted GMG YGz member Joseph Johnson, a/k/a “Juice,” for the killing.[1] However, Ballistics, video evidence, and eyewitness testimony revealed that there was a second shooter involved in Mr. McClinton’s murder. GARCIA was that second shooter. When GARCIA became concerned that Johnson might cooperate with law enforcement, GARCIA took steps to prevent Johnson from identifying GARCIA as the person with whom he committed the murder.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to Life Plus Five Years

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