Drug Enforcement Administration

New York

Acting Special Agent in Charge Keith Kruskall , Special Agent in Charge

January 08, 2018

Contact: Erin Mulvey

Phone Number: (212) 337-3900

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Murder Charges Against Bronx Gang Member For 2011 Murder Of Gang Members’ Girlfriend

NEW YORK - James J. Hunt, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the Drug Enforcement (DEA), Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and James P. O’Neill, the Commissioner of the New York City Police (“NYPD”), announced additional charges in a Superseding Indictment against a member of the “Killbrook” gang based in the Mill Brook Houses in the Bronx. In the Superseding Indictment, which was returned today, Gary Davis, a/k/a “Reckless,” a/k/a “Poppa,” is charged with the April 18, 2011, murder of Bolivia Beck, the girlfriend of a rival gang member. Beck was shot and killed as she was being introduced to her boyfriend’s grandparents on a sidewalk in the Mill Brook Houses.

Davis and 14 others were previously charged in an Indictment unsealed on October 11, 2017. That Indictment charges four individuals with racketeering conspiracy, in connection with their membership in a gang known as “Killbrook,” and charges other individuals with narcotics conspiracy and firearms offenses. In addition to the new murder charges, the Superseding Indictment contains the charges that had previously been brought in the Indictment against Davis and 14 others. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield.

DEA Special Agent in Charge James Hunt stated: “This investigation uncovered that this unnecessary and brazen murder was a result of gang violence. I commend the hardworking prosecutors, detectives and agents who collaborated to bring additional charges against the shooter and bring justice to the victim’s family.”

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “As alleged, Bolivia Beck was the victim of a horrific murder, shot and killed in broad daylight while being introduced to her boyfriend’s grandparents. We thank our law enforcement partners for their extraordinary efforts investigating this murder. With their help, we are committed to making our streets and communities safer through the eradication of gangs that bring this senseless violence to our streets.”

According to the allegations in the Superseding Indictment and information in the public record:

On April 18, 2011, Bolivia Beck was struck in the head by a bullet as she was being introduced to her boyfriend’s grandparents on a sidewalk in the Mill Brook Houses. The shooting occurred in broad daylight. Beck died two days later from the gunshot wound. The shooting arose out of an ongoing gang dispute between Killbrook and the rival “MBG” street gang.

Gary Davis, 27, of the Bronx, is charged in the Superseding Indictment with one count of murder in aid of racketeering, and aiding and abetting the same, and one count of murder through the use of a firearm and aiding and abetting the same. Davis faces a maximum penalty of death or life in prison. The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the DEA and the NYPD.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Jordan Estes, Drew Skinner, and Alexandra Rothman are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Superseding Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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