NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Travis T. Horton, 21, of Newport News, Va., was sentenced today
to 37 years in prison for his participation in a conspiracy to
commit numerous acts of violence perpetrated by the “Dump
Squad.” Horton pled guilty on May 15, 2009, to a racketeering
conspiracy, maiming in aid of racketeering activity, brandishing a
firearm in furtherance of a robbery, and conspiracy to burn the
Newport News Police High Impact Patrol Station located in the
Harbor Homes apartment complex in Newport News.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern
District of Virginia, made the announcement after sentencing by
United States District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith.
“This case shows the brazen attempts by street gangs to
intimidate the community and law enforcement,” said U.S.
Attorney MacBride. “This sentence should send a clear signal
that these gangs are not above the law. Through the combined
efforts of law enforcement they will be taken down and brought to
According to court documents, Horton was a member of the
“Dump Squad,” a criminal street gang that grew from a
national gang known as the “Bloods” and operated in the
Ridley Circle, Harbor Homes and Dickerson Court areas of Newport
News. Horton and fellow gang members protected their territory
through acts of violence that allowed the members to earn money
through robberies and the sale of controlled substances. Gang
members, including Horton, also participated in the assault of Tony
Vaughan outside a Hampton nightclub, which preceded Vaughan’s
murder by Martin Manley, another member of the Dump Squad.
This case was investigated by the FBI, Newport News Police
Department, the Hampton Police Department, and Virginia State