U.S. Attorney names New Deputy Criminal Chief for Richmond
Michael Gill to Supervise Drug and Violent Crime Cases
(Richmond, Va) - Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, today announced that he has named Michael R. Gill as the Deputy Criminal Chief for the Richmond Division, supervising the Office’s drug and violent crime efforts in Virginia’s capital and its surrounding counties.
“Richmond has made great progress in driving down its violent crime rate,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “The key has been working with everyone in the community to target dangerous criminals in some of the most violent areas of the city and putting them behind bars for a long time. Mike will use his broad experience to help combat crime on the front lines – taking drugs, guns and gangs off Richmond’s streets.”
As Deputy Criminal Chief, Gill will work to build on the recent success the U.S. Attorney’s Office and its state and local partners have had using the tough federal drug and gun penalties to attack violent crime in Richmond. Because of Project Exile and other similar initiatives, homicides in Richmond have decreased from 86 in 2005 to 32 in 2008. Aggravated assaults are also down, from 1062 to 733 in the same time period.
Joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2005, Gill has prosecuted a series of high-profile cases in Richmond and Newport News, including the Michael Vick dog-fighting case and a complex “bust-out” scheme – in which companies are purchased with small down payments and large loans and then looted – that destroyed businesses in at least nine states. Gill has served as the chairman of the Identity Theft Task Force in Richmond for the past two years. From 2000 to 2005, Gill was a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas, Texas, and served as that region’s Project Safe Neighborhoods coordinator and chaired the Dallas Hate Crimes Working Group. Before joining the Department of Justice, Gill handled product liability and general litigation cases for Strasburger & Price, a regional civil defense firm based in Dallas.Gill received his bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the John Marshall Inn of Court.