Gang member gets 2 life terms for murdering teens

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News man, and member of a Peninsula street gang, was slapped with not one, but two life prison sentences for a double murder in 2008.

Friday morning, Newport News Circuit Judge David Pugh imposed a jury recommended sentence on Marcus Williams. Beforehand, he referred to Williams’ crimes as “cold, calculating, heinous, and horrific.”

Williams was convicted of killing 16-year-old Barry Richardson and 15-year-old Keon Flemming near Huntington Middle School. Prosecutors said Williams was an enforcer for the “36 Street Bang Squad Bloods” and that he and two other gang members thought the teens were members of a rival gang, and shot them.

“No child in the Commonwealth should have to worry about their safety because they simply went out for a walk,” Attorney General Mark Herring said after the conviction in September.

The conviction came after a two-day trial for two counts of first-degree murder, discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, use of a firearm during the commission of a murder, and felony gang participation.

In addition to two life prison terms, Williams was sentenced to 23 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

His co-defendants have not yet gone to trial.

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