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November 19, 2010

Boston, MA... On November 18, 2010, a Brockton man alleged to be associated with a violent street gang was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in federal prison for selling .62 grams of crack cocaine.

DAQUAWN JONES, 20, of Brockton, was sentenced yesterday to 120 months in prison and 8 years supervised release before U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young. In June, JONES was convicted after a four-day trial of conspiring to sell crack cocaine within 1000 feet of the Ithaka Lincoln school, a public school in Brockton. According to a previously-filed affidavit in the case, both JONES and his co-defendant, Johnny Richmond, are alleged to be associated with the Green Street gang, a violent street gang in Brockton. In July, 2010, Judge Young sentenced Richmond to 204 months in prison.

At yesterday's hearing, Judge Young sentenced JONES to ten years in prison. Judge Young based his sentence in part on JONES's criminal record, which included a prior conviction for resisting arrest and a juvenile delinquency adjudication for distributing cocaine, and on the damage done to the Green Street neighborhood by JONES and other members of the gang. When JONES is released, Judge Young directed the United States Probation Office to determine whether JONES should be ordered to stay away from Green Street and other Green Street gang members.

JONES and Richmond were two of several cases charged after a long-term investigation into the Green Street gang.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division; Colonel Marian McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Chief of William Conlon of the Brockton Police Department made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Pohl in Ortiz’s Organized Crime Strike Force Unit.


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