A teenager eager to gain entry into a local street gang murdered a store clerk in 2010, according to federal prosecutors.
A new indictment handed up by a grand jury charges Tre Smitherman, 21, of Buffalo with committing a murder in aid of a racketeering enterprise and possessing and using a firearm in furtherance of the murder.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony M. Bruce and Paul Parisi said Smitherman is accused of shooting Charles Myles-Jones to death while Myles-Jones worked at the Super-Stop Food Mart near Kensington and Thatcher avenues.
The killing took place during the early evening hours of Nov. 29, 2010.
Smitherman, who was only 17½ at the time, is accused of murdering Myles-Jones as a way of proving himself and gaining entry into the Bailey Boys.
The FBI claims the Bailey Boys sold drugs, committed robberies and engaged in acts of violence in an effort to control an area of the city bounded roughly by Winspear Avenue, the Kensington Expressway, Eggert Road and Main Street.
Prosecutors say Smitherman was originally charged under a rarely used federal juvenile statute but had his prosecution changed to adult status by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.
Smitherman faces up to life in prison and is scheduled to be arraigned later today by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy.