NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Three members of the "Dump Squad," a gang which operated in theRidley Circle, Harbor Homes and Dickerson Court areas of NewportNews were sentenced Wednesday.
Twan Bugg, 23, and Samuel Bates, 27, both of Newport News, VAwere sentenced to 30 years in prison and 25 years in prisonrespectively, according to a release from the US Department ofJustice. Ty Davis, 25, also of Newport News, VA was sentencedTuesday to 30 years in prison, he was also a member of thegang.
According to the release, court documents indicate all threewere members of the "Dump Squad" a criminal organization that grewfrom a national gang known as the "Bloods." The defendants usedintimidation, violence, and threats of violence – includingthe murders of Terrell Williams on Nov. 6, 2006; Tiarra Campbell onJan. 17, 2007; and Tony Vaughan on Dec. 24, 2007.
The defendants were named in a 38 count indictment returned inMarch of this year. The indictment included charges involving acriminal racketeering enterprise that engaged in acts of violence,including murders, attempted murders, robberies, assaults, arson,witness intimidation, narcotics distribution and weaponsviolations.
All three defendants pleaded guilty in April to theirparticipation in a conspiracy to engage in racketeering activity.Davis, Bugg and Bates pled guilty to additional charges.
This case was investigated by the FBI, Newport News PoliceDepartment, Hampton Police Department and the Virginia StatePolice.
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