Member of Ivy Street Gang Pleads Guilty to Participating in Two Murders
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Andra G. Green, 25, of Hampton, Virginia pleaded guilty yesterday to the murder of John Henry Green on January 18, 2007, and participating in the murder of Demareo Dontae Hardy on March 20, 2009. Both victims were killed during attempted drug robberies.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alex J. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Norfolk Division; James D. Fox, Chief of Newport News Police; Charles Jordan, Chief of Hampton Police, and other state and local representatives made the announcement after the plea was accepted by Magistrate Judge Tommy E. Miller.
Green was indicted on March 11, 2011 along with seven other alleged members of the “Ivy Street Gangstas, (ISG)” which operated in the area around the intersection of 9th Street and Ivy Avenue in Newport News Virginia and the area of Brittany & Sweetbriar Apartments in Hampton, Va. Members and associates of “ISG” included members of the “Bloods” and “Crips,” which are national gangs. According to the indictment, members of “ISG” were accused of coordinating with one another to commit robberies, narcotics distribution and acts of fraud in an effort to obtain money and property to benefit the gang.
In a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Green admitted to killing John Henry Green after asking him for marijuana and picking him up outside a Speedy Mart in the City of Newport News. Upon entering the van the victim was pistol whipped with a handgun by co-defendant, Bobby Mangrum. Andra Green, armed with a shotgun, and Mangrum then attempted to rob the victim. After failing to find money or drugs, an argument ensued and the victim was ordered out of the van. As he was exiting the van Andra Green aimed the shotgun at the back of the victim’s head and shot him. John Henry Green fell to the shoulder of the road and died of his injuries.
Green also admitted his involvement in the homicide of Demareo Dontae Hardy in the area of the Brookridge Apartment complex. Green was driving a Suburban and noticed the victim walking on the sidewalk. A co-defendant approached the victim and pushed him to the ground where three others joined in the assault by stomping and kicking the victim. The victim was shot multiple times and left without any clothes to die on the street. Green was the driver of the getaway vehicle. He faces a life sentence on each count when he is sentenced on January 25, 2012.
The following co-defendants have also pled guilty to their involvement in the crimes charged in the indictment:
- Zakarie X. Williams, 37, of Hampton, Va. pleaded guilty in March to robbery and discharge and use of a firearm and was sentenced in July to a total of 360 months imprisonment.
- Kyheim D. Tucker, 23, of Newport News, Va. pleaded guilty in March to robbery and discharge and use of a firearm and was sentenced in July to a total of 216 months imprisonment.
- Bobby Kahill Mangrum, 21, of Newport News, Va. pleaded guilty to robbery, discharge, use and possession of a firearm in July, and was sentenced in September to 360 months imprisonment.
The remaining defendants, Raymond E. Brown, 22, Ray M. Fearrington, 23, Alfonso D. Sheppard, 31, and Joseph L. Williams, 34, all of Newport News, Va., are scheduled to go to trial on January 12, 2012 in Newport News. Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.
This case was investigated by FBI and Newport News Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Lisa R. McKeel, Eric Hurt, and Howard J. Zlotnick 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 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.