NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A member of a Peninsula street gang was convicted Thursday for his part in the 2008 murder of two Newport News teenagers, according to Attorney General Mark Herring.
Marcus Williams was an enforcer for the “36 Street Bang Squad Bloods,” a faction of the criminal street gang Bloods. On December 30, 2008, he and two other gang members were near Huntington Middle School when they saw 16-year-old Barry Eugene Richardson and 15-year-old Keon Flemming walking.
Williams suspected the teens were members of a rival gang trespassing on their gang’s territory, so he and and his fellow gang members shot and killed them, according to the Attorney General.
Richardson and Flemming happened to live in the neighborhood, which was controlled by a rival gang.
After a three-year, multi-jurisdictional investigation, a grand jury returned indictments against Williams in June 2013 for two counts first-degree murder, discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, use of a firearm during the commission of a a murder, and felony gang participation.
Almost six years after the murders, Williams went to court on Tuesday for a trial by jury. On Thursday, jury members convicted him of the crimes and recommended a sentence of two life terms in prison, plus 23 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
“I applaud all of the investigators and prosecutors who made these convictions possible,” said Attorney General Herring. “This crime was utterly senseless, and I grieve for the two families who lost sons. We will get these violent criminals off the streets whenever we can, because no child in the Commonwealth should have to worry about their safety because they simply went out for a walk.”
Williams was sentenced on Dec. 12. Newport News Circuit Judge David Pugh imposed the jury’s recommended sentence of two life terms, plus 23 years, and a $100,000 fine. Prior to sentencing, Pugh referred to Williams’ crimes as “cold, calculating, heinous, and horrific.”
His co-defendants have not yet gone to trial.