Newport News Man Sentenced for Aiding and Abetting Gang Members
NEWPORT NEWS, VA—Kevin Vaughn, 24, of Newport News, Va ., was sentenced today to 240 months in prison for aiding and abetting an assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of a racketeering conspiracy, and aiding and abetting the discharging a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. 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. Kevin Vaughn pled guilty on October 19, 2010. According to a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Vaughn was an associate of the “Dump Squad” street gang, a criminal organization that operated primarily in the Ridley Circle, Harbor Homes and Dickerson Court areas of Newport News.
Members engaged in drug distribution and violence including murder, attempted murder and robbery. They often carried firearms to intimidate others and protect themselves from rival gangs. On April 26, 2006, in the area of 18th Street and Roanoke Avenue, Vaughn was driving a vehicle occupied by three members of the “Dump Squad,” when they passed a rival gang member walking on the street. He turned the car around and the passengers began firing at the individual as he attempted to flee.
The victim was later treated at a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the head. This case was investigated by the FBI, Newport News Police Department, the Hampton Police Department, and Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorneys Laura Tayman and Robert Bradenham II prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States. A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at www.justice.gov/usao/vae.
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