- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A man convicted of six murders and running a drug gang out of a Brooklyn housing project has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The New York Times (https://nyti.ms/1dYVXiM ) says Damion Hardy received the sentence on Monday in a federal courtroom packed by friends and relatives of the victims.

Prosecutors described Hardy as a neighborhood kingpin who ran a drug business out of the Lafayette Gardens housing project in Bedford-Stuyvesant in the late 1990s and early 2000s. They said he ordered hits on people who crossed him.

Hardy’s attorney says she plans to appeal the conviction on grounds of mental illness.

When asked by the judge if he wanted to address the courtroom. Hardy said: “I am 100 percent completely innocent.”

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Information from: The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com

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