Gang member pleads guilty in federal court

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Newport News gang member is off the streets after pleading guilty to racketeering charges Friday.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Enrique Omar Hinton, 26, entered a guilty plea to racketeering conspiracy as well as possessing and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

The charges stem from an indictment which included additional charges of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Hinton admitted to being a member of the violent gang known as the Black P-Stones, also referred to as the P-Stone Bloods and Cobra Stones. The gang operates in the Beechmont, Courthouse Green and Woodview neighborhoods in the Denbigh section of Newport News.

Hinton joined in 2005 and was a “Foot Soldier.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Hinton sold marijuana for the gang and participated in gang activities. On Dec. 10, 2008, Hinton and others were involved in a shooting in Williamsburg against a rival gang member. The reason? The gang member reportedly showed disrespect toward a co-conspirator’s girlfriend.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said seven to eight bullets were fired at the gang member’s home, will bullets going inside the building while two people were inside. Hinton also admitted to giving false testimony on July 13, 2009 before a federal grand jury in order to obstruct the investigation into that shooting.

Hinton will be sentenced June 26. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars on the racketeering charge and a mandatory consecutive sentence of 10 years to life in prison on the firearm charge.


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