Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that THERYN JONES, a/k/a “Ty,” a/k/a “Old Man Ty,” a/k/a “Tyballa,” and ARIUS HOPKINS, a/k/a “Scrappy,” a/k/a “Scrap,” were sentenced today to life in prison following their conviction for the January 2, 2014 murder of Shaquille Malcolm. A jury convicted JONES and HOPKINS on December 18, 2019, following a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, who also imposed today’s sentences.
Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “Jones and Hopkins were responsible for the murder of 20-year-old Shaquille Malcolm over six years ago in a Bronx apartment lobby. Now they have been sentenced to serve the rest of their lives in federal prison for this heinous crime.”
According to the evidence presented during the trial:
THERYN JONES was a high-ranking leader within the Mac Balla gang and the leader of a large-scale drug trafficking organization that distributed crack cocaine out of a residential building in the Allerton section of the Bronx. Because Malcolm and others were encroaching on JONES’s drug territory, JONES directed HOPKINS and another person to murder Malcolm. On January 2, 2014, HOPKINS shot Shaquille Malcolm multiple times in the lobby of an apartment building located at 2818 Bronx Park East in the Bronx, New York. Malcolm died at the scene.
For their participation in the Malcolm murder, JONES, 43, and HOPKINS, 25, of the Bronx, New York were each convicted at trial of using a firearm to commit murder in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and murder while engaged in a conspiracy to distribute 280 grams and more of crack cocaine.
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Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the NYPD.
This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael K. Krouse, Danielle R. Sassoon, Margaret Graham, and Jessica Fender are in charge of the prosecution.