NN gang member convicted of multiple murders

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News man was convicted Monday of three murders, multiple attempted murders and a number of other offenses related to his participation in a local street gang.

U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson accepted the guilty verdict recommended by a federal jury for 23-year-old Antonio J. Fuller, according to Inayat Delawala with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Fuller was found guilty of participating in a racketeering conspiracy, murder and attempted murder in aid of racketeering, firearm charges and a drug conspiracy involving crack cocaine.

Court documents state Fuller and his co-defendants, Kevin Ashby and Mustafah Kalil Muhammad, were part of the local street gang “Thug Relations,” based out of Newport News.

“The gang members protected their criminal enterprise and activities through murder, attempted murder, witness intimidation, robbery and narcotics distribution,” Delawala said in a press release.

Fuller’s murder convictions are for Andre Horton and Andre Julius Johnson, who were killed on May 17, 2009. Fuller was also found guilty of murdering Christian Hatch and attempting to murder several others who were inside Hatch’s apartment at Mariner’s Landing in Newport News on November 4, 2009.

The murder of Christian Hatch involved rival gang members, Delawala said.

Fuller will be sentenced on October 26. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Muhammad pleaded guilty in April and will be sentenced on July 23. Ashby pleaded guilty in March and was sentenced to life in prison on June 26.

This investigation was led by FBI and the Safe Streets Task Force, with assistance from the Newport News Police and the Virginia State Police.

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