The leader of a violent street gang in the City of Newburgh has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for the murder of city resident Samuel Stubbs during a high-stakes card game in 2015.
Skylar Davis, 22, of Newburgh, had pleaded guilty to racketeering and murder charges before U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel, who imposed Davis’ sentence on Monday.
On Aug. 13, 2015, Davis, also known as “S-Dot,” along with others, robbed a high-stakes card game that Stubbs was playing outside near the intersection of Lander and Courtney streets in Newburgh. Davis and a co-conspirator approached the three card players with guns drawn, and started firing. All three men were hit by the gunfire; Stubbs, 67, died of his injuries.
Davis was arrested in June 2017 as a result of a multi-year gang-violence investigation by the FBI’s Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force and the City of Newburgh Police Department. He was charged with racketeering conspiracy, murder in furtherance of drug trafficking, and murder through use of a firearm.
Davis was a member and leader of the Southside gang, a criminal enterprise that operated from at least 2014 through June 2017 around the intersection of South Street and Chambers Street in an area of Newburgh known as the “Southside,” according to the U.S. Attorneys Office of the Southern District of New York. Gang members participated in numerous shootings of rival gang members and innocent bystanders, including two murders.
Besides his gang leadership and his participation in the murder of Stubbs, Davis also committed or helped commit six additional nonfatal shootings of Southside’s gang rivals in Newburgh over an approximately nine-month period in 2015 and 2016, according to U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman.
“On a summer night in 2015, Southside gang leader Skylar Davis participated in the murder of Samuel Stubbs,” Berman said. “Davis also committed or participated in more than half a dozen other attempted murders over the ensuing year. Now he will spend many years in federal prison for his reign of violence.”
The U.S. Attorneys Office said that beginning in the summer of 2015, Southside engaged in a series of retaliatory shootings with its primary rival gang in Newburgh, the Yellow Tape Money Gang, or “YTMG,” and with other Newburgh gangs allied with YTMG. Davis committed, assisted, and/or caused the following additional Newburgh shootings:
* The attempted murder of rival gang member Gabriel Warren, a/k/a “Stacks,” in the late summer or early fall of 2015;
* The attempted murder of rival gang member Armad Evans, a/k/a “Yellow,” around October 5, 2015;
* The attempted murder of rival gang member Tyrin Gayle, a/k/a “Spazzo,” and other YTMG members around December 11, 2015;
* The attempted murder of rival YTMG gang members around March 17, 2016;
* Aiding and abetting the attempted murder of rival gang member Romeo Herring around April 3, 2016; and
* The attempted murder of rival gang members in the vicinity of the 845 Lounge located at 778 Broadway around May 21, 2016.
Davis was previously serving a lengthy sentence for New York state weapon and controlled substance offenses.
Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, and the City of Newburgh Police Department. Berman thanked the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for its invaluable ongoing assistance in the case, and also thanked the Town of Newburgh Police Department, the New York State Police, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Town of New Windsor Police Department, and the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for their assistance in the case.