Two Gang Associates Sentenced for Robbery and Firearm Charges
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Zakarie Williams, 37, of Bronx, NY and Kyheim Tucker, 24, of Newport News, Va., were sentenced today for robbery and discharge of a firearm in relation to a violent crime. Williams was sentenced to 30 years in prison followed by five years supervised release. Tucker was sentenced to18 years in prison followed by five years supervised release.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Jerome B. Friedman. Williams and Tucker both pled guilty on March 31, 2011.
According to court documents, Williams and Tucker were associates of a neighborhood gang known as the Ivy Street Gangstas (ISG) operating in the area of 9th Street and Ivy Avenue in Newport News. In March, 2009, Williams and others were driving around looking for someone to rob when they came upon Demareo Hardy who was walking on the sidewalk. An occupant of the vehicle got out and confronted Hardy while in a possession of a firearm that Williams had put in the vehicle earlier that day. Hardy was beaten, shot several times, and later died from his injuries. Forensic evidence linked shell casings from the scene to bullets recovered from the victim. The bullets matched Williams’ firearm.
In January, 2006, Tucker and two other individuals planned to rob an individual of money and drugs. He and the others forced their way into a home believing no one was home. The victim, who was sleeping on the couch, was discovered by the intruders, forced into a closet, and beaten by the two intruders while Tucker searched the home for drugs and money. The victim managed to escape from the house and as he was running away one of the individuals with Tucker fired several shots at the victim.
The United States Attorneys Howard Zlotnick, Eric Hurt, and Lisa McKeel 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.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 https://pcl.uscourts.gov.