Conviction of Newburgh’s ‘600 Gang’ member upheld

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NEWBURGH – Frederick Blue, a former member of Newburgh’s infamous “600 Gang” who was arrested on drug charges three years ago, has had his 13-year prison sentence affirmed by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court.

Blue was one of several people arrested during the “Operation Yellow Brick Road” law enforcement investigation.

He was sentenced following his guilty plea in Orange County Court to conspiracy and several counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was originally charged on a 36-count indictment.

In his appeal, Blue maintained he should not have been sentenced to consecutive prison terms. “When more than one sentence of imprisonment is imposed on a person for two or more offenses committed through a single act or omission, or through an act of omission which in itself constituted one of the offenses and also was a material element of the other, the sentences… must run concurrently,” the appellate court wrote citing case law.