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Bounty Hunter Gang Member Sentenced to 20 Years on RICO and Firearms Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. - Danyell Jamar White, 21, of Portsmouth, Va., a member of the Bounty Hunter Bloods, was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to 20 years in prison on RICO and firearms charges.  Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after White was sentenced by United States District Judge Jerome B. Friedman.  White, who had pled guilty on May 27, 2010, received 13 years in prison on the RICO charge, and 7 years in prison on the charge of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
 
            The RICO count contained several racketeering acts that White committed as a gang member. According to court documents, on June 12, 2007, White and several co-defendants drove to a home in Chesapeake armed with a handgun for the purpose of committing a home invasion robbery.  Several weeks earlier, one of the co-defendants had visited the victim’s residence to inquire about renting the home.  During a walk-thru of the residence, the co-defendant noticed a safe in the master bedroom.  The co-defendant relayed this information to his fellow gang members, resulting in the plans to commit the home invasion robbery.  When White and the co-defendants arrived at the residence, they knocked on the door and when the victim answered, they forced their way into the residence.  At gunpoint, they demanded from the victim money located in the safe.  The victim began to scream and was hit several times on the head with the firearm.  The screams of the victim came to the attention of the neighbors.  Fearing apprehension, White and the co-defendants fled the scene.  In their haste to flee the scene, they accidently dropped the firearm in the victim’s front yard.  The firearm was recovered by the Chesapeake Police.

            Other racketeering activities included drug deal dealing White conducted as a gang member, and the robbery of an individual in the Cavalier Manor neighborhood of Portsmouth, Virginia.  White and a co-defendant came upon the victim who was sitting in his automobile with a female passenger.  At gun point they forced the victim to take his pants off and then forced him into his residence where they took a large amount of money and some jewelry.
            This case was investigated by the FBI, the Portsmouth and Suffolk 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 http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

 

 

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