The crime scene on Old Quogue Road in Riverside Nov. 17, 2015. File photo: Peter Blasl

A Riverhead man who was one of three shooters in a 2015 gang murder in Riverside was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 27 years in prison.

Jason Langhorn, 40, an associate of the Riverhead-based “Red Stone Gorilla” subset of the Bloods gang, pleaded guilty in August 2021 to firearms-related murder in the shooting death of Thomas Lacolla on Nov. 17, 2015 in Riverside.

Langhorn and others were attempting to kill a rival gang member, carrying out a “standing order” by the leader of the “Red Stone Gorilla” gang, when Langhorn and two others fired more than 39 shots into a vehicle parked on Old Quogue Road that they mistakenly believed to be occupied by the rival gang member. The vehicle was instead occupied by Lacolla, 27, who was killed in the fusillade.

U.S. District Court Judge Joanna Seybert sentenced Langhorn to 27 years in prison and three years supervised release for his role in the crime.

“Langhorn has been held accountable for his role in a heartless shooting that claimed the life of an unintended victim,” U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said in a press release. “We hope today’s sentence brings a measure of solace and closure to the victim’s family and sends a clear message that those who commit brutal acts of gang violence will be brought to justice and punished,” he said.

In addition to firearms-related murder, Langhorn was charged in an indictment unsealed in October 2019 with eight other crimes, including racketeering, conspiracy to murder and assault and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. The other charges were dismissed in satisfaction of his plea.

A codefendant, Terrill Latney of Mastic Beach, pleaded guilty in February 2020 to racketeering, including conspiring to distribute narcotics and participating in Lacolla’s murder. Latney was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in October 2020.

Roger Foster of Baiting Hollow, and Willie Belcher of Flanders both pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and were sentenced in November 2020 to seven years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Eric Ross of Flanders pleaded guilty in November 2021 to conspiracy to murder and assault John Doe number one with dangerous weapons. He was sentenced in June to 78 months imprisonment and two years of supervised release.

Corey Belcher of Riverhead pleaded guilty in November 2021 to one count of robbery and is awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for Jan. 13.

Alleged gang leader Jimmy Dean of Calverton, pleaded guilty on July 29 to racketeering and is awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for Jan. 25.

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