From U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York
A member of the Brooklyn street gang the “Six Tre Outlaw Gangsta Disciples Folk Nation,” pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn federal court to murder in connection with racketeering.
Geraldo Elainor, 24, pleaded guilty, last week, to the murder of Anthony Thomas. According to court documents, in August 2008, Thomas was exercising in a neighborhood playground when Elainor, believing Thomas was a rival gang member, approached him and began firing at him. Elainor chased Thomas as he ran away and continued shooting at him, hitting him once in the chest. Thomas eventually reached the parking lot of a nearby McDonalds, where he collapsed and died of his wound.
“In this senseless murder, the defendant brazenly took the life of Anthony Thomas, who unwittingly made the fatal mistake of exercising in a playground controlled by Folk Nation members,” stated Eastern District United States Attorney Loretta Lynch. “Acting on the gang’s mandate to kill those they believed to be rival gang members, the defendant chased the victim out of the Ebbets Field playground without provocation or justification and killed him.”
The gang, also known as “Folk Nation” was the dominant gang in the Ebbets Field Houses in Flatbush. Authorities note that Folk Nation took threatening and violent actions to deter residents of those projects from associating with rival gangs.
Elainor is one of nine defendants charged by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York for crimes they committed as members of the Folk Nation. His co-defendant, Devon Rodney, was sentenced last month to 20 years’ imprisonment for his role in directing the gang’s violent activities.
Elanior gave his plea before United States District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis. If the court accepts the guilty plea, Elanior will be sentenced to 25 years in prison.