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The Last Indicted Bounty Hunter Gang Member Pleads Guilty

August 3, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. – James Martin Harris, a/k/a “Bloody 45,” 22, of Portsmouth, Va., pled guilty today in Norfolk federal court to one count of racketeering and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Harris entered his guilty plea before United States District Judge Jerome B. Friedman.  Harris will be sentenced on November 9, 2010 and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

            According to court documents, the racketeering count outlines Harris’ involvement in various criminal acts as a gang member of the Bounty Hunter Bloods or Nine Tech Gangsters.  On August 25, 2006 Harris and others participated in the murder of Darius Powell, whom they suspected had robbed a fellow gang member at a dice game in the Craddock area of Portsmouth.  Harris and three others went looking for Powell to retaliate.  When they found him, two of Harris’ co-conspirators approached Powell, robbed him and then beat him severely on the head with a sawed-off shotgun and a handgun.  Powell was rushed to the hospital and died shortly thereafter from major head trauma.  In addition, Harris was involved in the dealing of illegal narcotics.

            This case was investigated by the FBI, the Portsmouth, Suffolk and Chesapeake Police Departments, and the Virginia State Police.  Assistant United States Attorneys William Muhr and Melissa O’Boyle prosecuted the 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 Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on



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