Bronx Gang Member Sentenced To 21 Years For Two Attempted Murders

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Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JOSE CABAN, a/k/a “Nene,” was sentenced today to 21 years in prison for committing violent crimes in aid of racketeering and firearms offenses. In June 2018, CABAN helped shoot and paralyze an 18-year-old victim and, then a few months later, in February 2019, CABAN fired a gun five times on a crowded street when attempting to murder a gang rival. CABAN was convicted in October 2021 after a jury trial before U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni, who imposed today’s sentence.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said:  “Today, Jose Caban was rightly sentenced to decades of imprisonment for participating in two shootings that paralyzed an 18-year-old victim and sent people, including children, running for their lives on a crowded street. We will continue to hold accountable those who plague our communities with senseless gun violence.”

According to the Superseding Indictment and the evidence at trial:

CABAN is a member of the Jack Boyz, a criminal enterprise involved in committing numerous acts of violence, including shootings, in and around the Bronx.  Members and associates of the Jack Boyz engage in violence to retaliate against rival gangs, and to promote the standing and reputation of the Jack Boyz.

On June 19, 2018, near East 136th Street and Willis Avenue in the Bronx, CABAN helped another member of the Jack Boyz attempt to murder a rival, who was shot in the spine and paralyzed from the chest down.

On February 8, 2019, near East 135th Street and Willis Avenue in the Bronx, CABAN fired a gun five times on a street crowded with innocent bystanders, including children, in an attempt to murder a rival.

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In addition to his prison term, CABAN, 23, was sentenced to five years of supervised release.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the New York City Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations.


The case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Lindsey Keenan, Justin V. Rodriguez, and Jamie E. Bagliebter are in charge of the prosecution.