Fourteen Alleged Gang Members and Associates Indicted in Charleston, South Carolina, on Federal Racketeering and Attempted Murder Charges
Fourteen alleged members of two violent street gangs in South Carolina and alleged associates of both gangs have been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise and using firearms in the commission of attempted murder in aid of racketeering activity.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney William M. Nettles of the District of South Carolina; Special Agent in Charge C.J. Hyman of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Charlotte, North Carolina, Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Nick S. Annan of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Atlanta Field Office; Solicitor Duffie Stone of the 14th Judicial Circuit; Solicitor David Pascoe of the First Circuit; Sheriff R.A. Strickland, of the Colleton County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Office; Chief Wade Marvin of the Walterboro, South Carolina, Police Department; Sheriff Al Cannon of the Charleston County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Office; Sheriff L.C. Knight of the Dorchester County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Office; Captain Jon Rogers of the Summerville, South Carolina, Police Department; Director Jerry Adger of the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; and Chief Mark Keel of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division made the announcement today upon the unsealing of the indictments.
According to the indictment, the defendants are members and associates of the Cowboys, a violent criminal street gang with members operating in South Carolina since at least 2009, who resided in an area known as the “Eastside” of Walterboro and are led by Khiry Broughton. The indictment further alleges that for a period of time, the Cowboys were aligned with another violent criminal street gang in Walterboro known as the Wildboys.
From October 2012 to November 2015, the Cowboys allegedly committed a wide range of crimes in order to further their racketeering scheme, including attempted murders, assault with dangerous weapons, drive-by shootings, home invasion robberies, threats of violence and distribution of narcotics, and charges the following defendants:
- Broughton, 25, aka Kblacka;
- DaShawn Trevell Brown, 23, aka Shawny;
- Clyde Naquan Hampton, 23, aka One Loyal Shooter;
- Zaquann Ernest Hampton, 22, aka TOB;
- Matthew Rashaun Jones, 22, aka Boogie Mac;
- Christopher Sean Brown, 22, aka Roughish;
- Bryant Jameek Davis, 21, aka Savo;
- William Lamont Cox, 38, aka Wataz; and
- Quintin John Fishburne, 35, aka Q.
The indictment was returned under seal on Feb. 9, 2016, and unsealed yesterday after the nine defendants were arrested.
According to the four-count indictment, the defendants are members and associates of the Wildboys, a violent criminal street gang with members operating in various cities in South Carolina, including in Summerville and Walterboro. Wildboys members and associates allegedly committed a wide range of racketeering activity, including assault with dangerous weapons, murder, robbery and narcotics trafficking.
The indictment charges the following defendants with attempted murder in aid of racketeering activity and using a firearm during a violent crime:
- Joshua Edward Manigault, 30, aka J-Rizzle and Rizzle-Back;
- Brian Manigo, 24, aka B-Nasty;
- Kelvin Mitchell, 28, aka Kevy Boy;
- Damien Robinson, 19, aka Sacked Up; and
- Devin Brown, 21, aka Deno Badazz.
The indictment was returned under seal on Feb. 9, 2016, and unsealed yesterday after the five defendants were arrested.
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The Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section is prosecuting the cases in partnership with the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. The ATF, ICE-HSI, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, the Walterboro Police Department, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, the Summerville Police Department and the First Circuit Solicitor’s Office are investigating the cases.
An indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.