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Nine Trey Gangsters Plead Guilty to Four Murders and Multiple Shootings

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. – Two members of the Nine Trey Gangsters pleaded guilty today to their respective roles in four murders and multiple shootings.

According to the statements of fact filed with the plea agreements, Anthony Foye, 25, and Alvaughn Davis, 28, both of Suffolk, were members of the Nine Trey Gangsters, a street gang with members in states across the East Coast that is affiliated with the United Blood Nation. In furtherance of his membership in the gang, Foye murdered Al-Tariq Tynes, Vandelet Mercer, Linda Lassiter, and Wayne Davis; shot into a residence in Portsmouth; and shot two other individuals in Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. Davis, in furtherance of his membership in the gang, helped conceal Mr. Tynes’ body and was the driver during the murder of Ms. Mercer.

Foye pleaded guilty to four counts of murder in aid of racketeering activity, and faces a mandatory life sentence on each count when sentenced on September 8. Davis pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy, use of a firearm resulting in death, and to being an accessory after the fact to a murder in aid of racketeering. Davis has agreed to a sentence of 45 years and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 17.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia; Martin Culbreth, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; Larry D. Boone, Chief of Norfolk Police; Tonya D. Chapman, Chief of Portsmouth Police; James A. Cervera, Chief of Virginia Beach Police; Col. K.L. Wright, Chief of Chesapeake Police; and Thomas E. Bennett, Chief of Suffolk Police, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph E. DePadilla, Andrew C. Bosse, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Butler are prosecuting 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 is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:16-cr-130.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Communications

Updated May 23, 2017

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