Bounty Hunter Bloods Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Acts
(Norfolk, Virginia) – Tyrone Williams Jr., 23, of Portsmouth, Va., pled guilty today in Norfolk federal court to participating in a pattern of racketeering activity (RICO) including attempted murder, home invasion and conspiring to distribute controlled substances. He also pled guilty to possession of a firearm in a crime of violence.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Williams entered his guilty plea before United States District Judge Raymond A. Jackson. Williams will be sentenced on October 31, 2011 and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.
According to court documents, on April 29, 2006, Williams and other members of the Bounty Hunter Bloods / Nine Tech Gangsters (BHB/NTG) shot up an occupied residence in Suffolk, Virginia in retaliation against a member of the Crips, a rival gang to the Bloods. On April 25, 2007, Williams and other BHB/NTG gang members executed a home invasion of a residence in Chesapeake, Virginia. One of the occupants was hit over the head and the other was severely pistol whipped. In the summer of 2008, Williams and other BHB/NTG gang members were in a club in Virginia Beach and spotted an individual who had previously disrespected one of the gang members. While driving home from the club they spotted the same individual driving through the Downtown Tunnel. While driving they pulled out their handguns and started shooting at this individual, who was able to elude them without injury. Williams was also involved in the distribution of illegal narcotics.
This case was investigated by the FBI, the Portsmouth Police Department and the Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorneys William D. Muhr and V. Kathleen Dougherty are prosecuting 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.justice.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.