Blood gang leader Howard Davis of Bellport sentenced to life in prison
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Blood gang leader Howard Davis of Bellport sentenced to life in prison

The leader of the Long Island Bloods gang was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison plus 132 years in federal prison for his 2021 conviction on 48 counts, including attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Howard Davis, 36, of Bellport, was also convicted of assault, robbery, distribution of a controlled substance, obstructing justice and brandishing and discharging a firearm during a six-week trial before District Judge Joan Azrack, who handed down the sentence Tuesday.

“Davis and his brutal gang tormented our Long Island neighborhoods for years,” United States Attorney for the Eastern District Breon Peace said in a statement. “Today’s sentencing ends his reign of terror.”

Prosecutors said Davis, also known as “Mousey” and “Mr. Fedup,” used violence against his rivals, including ordering them to kill specific individuals whenever and wherever they were found. Davis was a leader of the Long Island-based G-Shine Bloods, which committed numerous violent crimes and drug trafficking, prosecutors said.

Between June 2016 and November 2017, Davis ordered two shootings in which two people were wounded, prosecutors said in a news release. He also ordered two armed home invasions and actively participated in three shootings, including one in which three victims were shot and one person was left in a coma for a long time, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors and witness testimony at trial also showed that Davis ordered an armed robbery of two people, assaulted a person at a bar, possessed an illegal firearm and sold fentanyl, heroin and crack cocaine.

“Howard Davis’s tyranny over Long Island has ended,” Christie M. Curtis, acting assistant director in charge of the FBI, said in a statement. “His countless crimes repeatedly violated the law as Davis exploited his status as a gang leader to fuel crime and gun violence.”

Defense attorneys Shannon McManus and Cesar de Castro, who took over the case after the conviction, noted in an opening brief that the minimum sentence was 137 years, but probation had asked for an additional 15 years, which they called “incomprehensible.”

“The mandatory minimum sentence is higher than 100 years. There is no need for additional imprisonment,” the lawyers argued, adding that their client deserved “some mercy.”

Davis has nine disciplinary infractions while incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, including a stabbing and an incident on Christmas Day 2018 when the mother of one of his children was caught smuggling drugs into the prison, prosecutors said.

Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI and Suffolk County police were investigating the case, officials said.