Leader of Brooklyn’s Ninedee gang convicted of racketeering and murder

June 10, 2024 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
The federal courthouse in Brooklyn where Maliek Miller, leader of the Ninedee Gang, was convicted of racketeering and the murder of a former government witness. Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese
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A federal jury in Brooklyn has convicted Maliek Miller, leader of the Ninedee Gang, on multiple counts, including racketeering and the murder of Shatavia Walls, a former government witness. 

The verdict comes after a four-week trial before United States District Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall. Miller, 30, now faces a mandatory life sentence.

“Today’s verdict is momentous because it holds Miller accountable for orchestrating a cowardly plot to kill a woman who bravely stood up to his Ninedee Gang, and it upholds the rule of law for the residents of the Pink Houses who just want to go about their lives and raise their children without the plague of violence and danger inflicted on them by ruthless criminals like the defendant,” said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace. 

“The verdict ensures that Miller will spend the rest of his life in prison, which I hope provides some measure of solace to the family of Shatavia Walls,” Peace continued.

The Ninedee Gang, notorious for its violent control over the Pink Houses in East New York, engaged in a deadly rivalry with factions from other buildings in the complex. Miller’s crimes include conspiracy to commit murder, use of firearms and drug distribution.

On July 4, 2020, Walls was involved in an altercation with Ninedee members over fireworks. Three days later, she was hunted down and fatally shot by Quintin Green and Joe Santana, acting on Miller’s orders. Other gang members, including Shakur Bey and Kevin Wint, assisted in the crime and cover-up.

Green, Santana, and Bey have all pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Wint was sentenced to over nine years in prison earlier this year.

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