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Friday, July 2, 2021

36th Street Bang Squad Member Sentenced for Gang-Related Murders and Shootings

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Newport News man was sentenced yesterday to four life sentences in prison for his role in a gang-related racketeering conspiracy, murder, and attempted murder.

According to court documents, Xavier Greene, 26, along with members of the 36th Street Bang Squad gang, were involved in multiple violent crimes in Hampton and Newport News between March and August 2015. On March 8, 2015, Greene and two other gang members shot and killed Dwayne Parker, 18, in Newport News. On April 6, 2015, Greene and three other members of the 36th Street Bang Squad drew firearms and began shooting at people outside a residence in Newport News. Two teenagers were killed during this incident.

On August 1, 2015, Greene, who was armed with a firearm, and two other people ran to a convenience store in Newport News to help gang members who were being jumped by a rival gang. When Greene did not fire at the rival gang, another gang member grabbed the gun and fired eight rounds at the store. A customer was grazed by bullets striking the storefront. Less than a week later, Greene and three other individuals stole more than 30 firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer outside Richmond. Greene distributed some of the firearms to members of the gang immediately upon returning to the Tidewater area.

On December 10, 2019, after a seven-week jury trial, Greene was convicted on eight counts of crimes in aid of racketeering, including racketeering conspiracy, three murders, using a firearm in each murder, and an attempted murder.

Co-defendant Martin L. Hunt, 24, of Newport News, was sentenced to multiple life sentences for his role in the conspiracy on May 6. Co-defendant Deshaun Richardson, 25, of Newport News, was sentenced to 17 years for his role in the conspiracy on June 5. Co-defendant Eric Nixon, 25, of Hampton, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy on June 28.

Three additional co-defendants were convicted by a federal jury in the same trial for their roles in the racketeering conspiracy. Those co-defendants currently are scheduled for sentencing on various dates through August 2.

Raj Parekh, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Charlie J. Patterson, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Washington Field Division; Steve R. Drew, Chief of Newport News Police; Kenneth Ferguson, Interim Chief of Hampton Police; and Anton A. Bell, Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Hampton, made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian Samuels and Howard J. Zlotnick and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy E. Cross from the Eastern District of Virginia, and Trial Attorney Chad McHenry from the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:17-cr-52.

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Updated July 2, 2021