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Danville sees another drop in homicides in 2019 (Danville, VA): Last year, Danville experienced its lowest number of homicides since a gang war set off a trend of unusually high murder rates, shows an analysis by the Danville Register & Bee.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: January 21, 2020

Even behind bars, gang problems continue in Dan River Region and across the nation (Danville, VA): For street gangs, the battle doesn’t end with the arrest. Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor has to remain vigilant in separating rival gang members from one another in the county jail. “If you put two rival gang members in the same cell block, you’re going to have trouble,” he said.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: January 19, 2020

Warrants show Danville gangs use social media to recruit, give orders, hand out violations (Danville, VA): It’s a case of today’s high-tech world of social interaction meeting crime. Facebook, Gmail and Twitter are all used by gangs to recruit members, discuss their lifestyles and educate their ranks. In a recent search warrant filed in the Danville Circuit Court, investigators looked into the Gmail account of a suspected member of the Bloods gang.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: January 12, 2020

Accused gang leader's trial severed from co-defendants (Alexandria, VA): A federal judge has ordered that an accused gang leader facing a possible death sentence will receive a separate trial from his co-defendants.
Source: The Washington Times    Date: January 10, 2020

Suspended sentence issued in gang break-in case (Louisa, VA): A Bumpass man was given a 15-year suspended sentence in Louisa Circuit Court today for breaking into a Buckner Road home, a crime he committed in order to get out of a gang.
Source: The Central Virginian    Date: January 6, 2020

Former gang leaders now comrades in violence prevention (Hampton, VA): In the mid-1980s, Paul Taylor and Vonley Thompson were fierce adversaries and had one top priority: to hurt each other. Barely adults and members of rival gangs from different cities — Taylor from Wickham Avenue in Newport News, Thompson from Hampton’s north Phoebus neighborhood — everything was about protecting their “guys.”
Source: Daily Press    Date: December 26, 2019

Danville celebrates third graduating class of Project Imagine, a program to provide at-risk or gang-affiliated youth on-the-job training (Danville, VA): Regina Hairston sat in the back of the city council conference room, clapping and shouting with obvious glee as her 16-year-old son received his certificate from the Project Imagine program for at-risk youths.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: December 20, 2019

MS-13 gang member found guilty of capital murder in teen's death (Bedford County, VA): A jury has found the MS-13 gang member charged with brutally murdering a Lynchburg teenager guilty of capital murder. Kevin Soto-Bonilla is one of six people charged in Raymond Wood's murder and his trial has been going on for two weeks in Bedford County.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: December 11, 2019

Jury Convicts Members of 36th Street Bang Squad on Racketeering Related Murders and Shootings (Newport News, VA): A federal jury convicted seven Newport News and Hampton men today on charges including racketeering conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, and drug trafficking.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: December 10, 2019

Phone records and text exchanges read aloud during trial for alleged MS-13 gang member (Bedford County, VA): Jury members in a capital murder trial of an alleged MS-13 gang member heard more testimony. The jury listened as phone records and text exchanges from Kevin Soto-Bonilla, an alleged MS-13 gang member, were read aloud.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: December 9, 2019

Experts say snafu in federal gang case could lead to appeals (Danville, VA): A snafu that took center stage in a recent federal gang trial could lead to more problems for the Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, some legal experts said.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: December 7, 2019

Cocaine Supplier for Local Bloods Gang Sentenced to Prison (Alexandria, VA): A California man was sentenced today to 16 years in prison for supplying cocaine and other controlled substances to individuals in Virginia.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: December 6, 2019

Juvenile Charged For Gang-Related Murder At North Hill Park (Hybla Valley, VA): Fairfax County Police charged a second person with murder in the gang-related killing of a juvenile at North Hill Park in May. A 17-year-old was arrested and charged with murder and abduction on Thursday, Dec. 5. The juvenile is being held at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center.
Source: Patch    Date: December 5, 2019

'Blood everywhere'; Witness statements begin in alleged gang member's murder trial (Bedford County, VA): A trial is underway for one of the suspects charged in the murder of a Lynchburg teenager in 2017. Kevin Soto-Bonilla is one of six people charged in Raymond Wood's murder.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: December 5, 2019

Prosecutors, defense lawyers spar in closing arguments in seven-week federal gang trial (Norfolk, VA): To hear federal prosecutors say it, the 36th Street Bang Squad — a Southeast Newport News street gang — ran an organized racketeering conspiracy between 2015 and 2017.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: December 5, 2019

Gang member who held girl hostage pleads guilty in Spotsylvania (Spotsylvania County, VA): An MS–13 gang member who held a teenager hostage in a Spotsylvania County basement earlier this year as part of some gang-related activities was convicted of rape and other charges Wednesday.
Source: The Free Lance-Star    Date: December 4, 2019

Alleged MS-13 gang member on trial for capital murder in death of Lynchburg teen (Bedford County, VA): A trial is underway for one of the suspects charged in the murder of a Lynchburg teenager in 2017. Kevin Soto-Bonilla is one of six people charged in Raymond Wood's murder.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: December 2, 2019

Hopewell businesses sprayed with gunfire in apparent gang shooting (Hopewell, VA): With a crowded intersection and a busy shopping plaza not far away, bullets flew Wednesday afternoon around 3:15 p.m, unsettling residents who live in Hopewell.
Source: WTVR CBS 6 News    Date: November 28, 2019

Gang Leader Sentenced for Firearms and Counterfeit Currency Scheme (Norfolk, VA): A Portsmouth man was sentenced today to 40 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and uttering counterfeit obligations.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: November 26, 2019

High-ranking gang member charged with paying Chesapeake deputy for drugs (Chesapeake, VA): An inmate convicted four years ago of helping lead a Portsmouth street gang was charged last week with paying a Chesapeake sheriff’s deputy to smuggle contraband into that city’s jail.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: November 25, 2019

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