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Gang crackdown nets another murder sentence

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A member of a violent Buffalo street gang has been sentenced to consecutive life sentences in prison for fatally shooting a man nicknamed "Shooter'' five years ago.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Roderick "Ra-Ra'' Arrington, 37, was also sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison on two other firearm charges. Arrington was convicted on charges that included racketeering conspiracy and murder-in-aid-of-racketeering.

Prosecutors said he was a member of the Schuele Boys Gang that operated on Buffalo's East Side. Authorities said he fatally shot Quincy "Shooter'' Balance at the intersection of Northland and Stevens in August 2012 after believing that Balance was involved in the fatal shooting of a gang associate on nearby Carl Street four days earlier.

Arrington is one of 28 members of the Schuele Boys who were arrested in a gang crackdown. All but one has been convicted.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said the sentencing was the result of an investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, Buffalo Police,  New York State Police, Edinboro (PA) University Police Department, the West Tennessee Judicial Drug Task Force, McAllen (TX) Police and the FBI offices in Houston, TX and Jackson, MS.

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