Gang Members Plead Guilty To Charges Related To 2008 New Brunswick Murder

TRENTON – Two members of the Nine Trey Headbustas set of the Bloods street gang have pleaded guilty to racketeering for their roles in a gang-related murder in New Brunswick in 2008, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced.

According to Taylor, Syree Hakins, 38, of West Orange, and Tyrane Mathis, 34, of Newark, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree racketeering before Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone in Middlesex County. A third co-defendant, Davon Parker, 22, of Edison, pleaded guilty on Nov. 19 to first-degree racketeering.


In pleading guilty, Hakins admitted that he ordered the murder of fellow gang member Devin Thompson, 19, who was fatally shot on Nichol Avenue in New Brunswick on June 2, 2008. Mathis admitted that, acting on behalf of the gang, he participated in Thompson’s murder.

Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Hakins be sentenced to 16 years in state prison and that Mathis be sentenced to 12 years in state prison. Each must serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed without possibility of parole under the No Early Release Act. Sentencing for Hakins, Mathis and Parker have been scheduled for Feb. 11. The crime of racketeering carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison.

Hakins, Mathis and Parker were charged in a Nov. 4, 2010 state grand jury indictment obtained by the Division of Criminal Justice, which charged the alleged leader of the Nine Trey Headbustas, Michael Anderson, and 18 other members and associates of the gang with first-degree racketeering. Anderson, 38, allegedly led the gang from New Jersey State Prison in Trenton.

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