A parolee once dubbed “the poster boy for gang warfare in Kingston” by Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright is back behind bars, now accused of firing a gun on a Kingston street in broad daylight back in February.
Marcello Douglas, 28, of Hone Street was arrested April 25 by members of the Kingston Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit, assisted by a K-9 unit from the Town of Ulster Police Department.
Douglas’s arrest came after an Ulster County grand jury issued a sealed indictment charging Douglas with two felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and a single count of violation of parole. The charges stem from a Feb. 26 incident that occurred on the corner of Broadway and O’Neil Street. According to police, Douglas fired several shots from a handgun; cops believe the gunshots were directed at another individual with whom Douglas had had an altercation earlier that day. Several investigators with the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office happened to be working nearby when the shooting occurred and arrived on the scene within moments. Douglas, however, was able to flee the scene. Senior Assistant District Attorney Mike Kavanagh said police recovered a handgun and ballistic evidence at the scene which linked Douglas to the shooting.
Douglas, a reputed Bloods gang member, was released from state prison in October 2017 after serving nine years of a 12-year sentence following conviction on attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon charges. Douglas’ conviction stemmed from a July 2, 2007 shooting following Kingston’s annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks display. According to police, Douglas and a group of friends exchanged words with another group of young people during the fireworks show. A few hours later, Douglas approached one of the group — an 18-year-old Orange County man — as he sat in a parked SUV. Wielding a semi-automatic handgun, Douglas shot his victim five times in the torso. Carnright would later say that the shots were fired at such close range that they left powder burns on the victim’s shirt. At the time, Carnright referred to Douglas as “the poster boy for gang warfare in Kingston.”
Douglas was on parole until October 2022. He is currently being held without bail at the Ulster County Jail.