BROOKLYN — A Brooklyn gang leader who murdered and tortured multiple people was sentenced to life in prison Friday, federal prosecutors announced.
“Hull Street Crew” head, Christian John, 32, killed at least six people, which included suffocating Earle Kevin Obermuller with duct tape before setting his body on fire in 2006, according to the Brooklyn Federal Attorney’s Office. John’s underling, Marvin Johnson, 32, was also sentenced to life in prison after he was also found guilty in the 2006 slaying.
“Today’s sentence marks a day of closure for the six families whose loved ones were senselessly murdered and for the Brooklyn communities where John and his violent crew wreaked havoc from more than a decade,” said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Robert Capers in a statement.
“These life sentences also provide notice to gang members and violent offenders that this Office and our law enforcement partners will be relentless in our efforts to make communities safe for their residents.”
John was also found guilty of the 2000 murder of Charlemagne Lormand, 2008 killings of Barry Haynes and Daquane Shelton and the 2011 murders of Jason Bostic and Aaron Formey.
The gang operated for more than a decade out of Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and East New York.
John was found guilty in 2014 on racketeering, murder, attempted murder, murder-for-hire, armed robbery, narcotics distribution and gambling on dog fighting charges.