Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack was handed a 17-year sentence Monday by Judge Paul Engelmayer for his alleged leadership role in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods set.
The ruling came after the judge noted Mack had done “nothing to accept responsibility” for his actions.
Prior to the sentencing, Pedro Sierra, a Bushwick High School teacher and dean, sent a letter to the court in support of Mack, describing him as “well respected in the community.” Sierra wrote that he met Mack while teaching at the school in 2000, and he treated “me and the other adults with the utmost respect.”
“I know deep down in my soul, if giving the opportunity Mr. Mack will spend his time giving back to our community,” Sierra wrote. “Many of the students are also facing many of the same traps Mr. Mack has faced, however, Mr. Mack will be able to help them avoid it. In this day and age many of the students will listen to someone who is well respected in the community as Mr. Mack,” he added.
Judge Englemeyer said in court had Mack pleaded guilty to his crimes, he would have reduced his sentence by several years.
“Remember this moment,” the judge told Mack while lecturing him about taking responsibility.