- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A leader of a Syracuse street gang has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for fatally shooting a 19-year-old man who was home from college.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (https://bit.ly/1gXBF2s ) that 28-year-old Kahari Smith was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for killing Kihary Blue in November 2010.

Blue, a former Syracuse high school star athlete, was killed when Smith opened fire on a vehicle traveling on Interstate 81. Authorities say the vehicle was known to be used by a rival gang, but Blue wasn’t a member of any street gang.

Smith pleaded guilty in September to federal racketeering charges in connection with the slaying, which set off a string of retaliatory violence that ended in the fatal shooting of a 20-month-old Syracuse boy.

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Information from: The Post-Standard, https://www.syracuse.com

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