NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A Newport News Bloods gang leader was sentenced to life plus 237 years in prison for gang crimes.
Randy Broward received a life sentence for 17 felonies and three misdemeanors, including conspiracy to commit murder, use of a sawed-off shotgun, and felony street gang participation, a news release from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office said.
A judge gave Broward the recommended sentence plus 237 years after a Newport News jury found him guilty of the crimes in March.
Broward's conviction follows years of his leading a military-style gang that intimidated and terrorized citizens in the Newport News area.
Within three months of his release from prison for serving time for robbery, Broward formed the Original Bloods gang, a chapter of the Nine Trey Bloods gang. Broward recruited new gang members and physically assaulted or threatened them when they did not follow his orders.
Broward ran his gang like a military operation, with its members conducting regular perimeter checks around their headquarters and providing security for his narcotics operation.
He also shot a mother while she was pleading with him to stop recruiting her son for his gang, the release said.
Broward also ordered the murder of three rival gang members.
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