NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Attorney General Mark Herring announced Friday that a Newport News gang member has been convicted on multiple counts, including two counts of first degree murder, and that the jury has recommended a total sentence of 83 years of incarceration.
Floyd Taybron, a member of the “36 Street Bang Squad Bloods,” and others gunned down Barry Eugene Richardson, 16, and Keon Flemming, 15, on December 30, 2008, as they walked by Huntington Middle School, according to a press release from the Office of the Attorney General. Taybron and his accomplices suspected that the two were part of a rival gang trespassing into their territory and were killed because they lived in a rival gang’s territory.
This is the second person convicted for these murders. Attorney general prosecutor’s previously convicted Marcus Williams back on September 12, 2014, when he received double-life sentence plus 23 years for his conviction.
“Gang activity is among the most toxic crimes for our communities especially when it results in the death of innocent children,” said Attorney General Mark Herring. “I applaud all of the investigators and prosecutors who worked tirelessly to bring justice for the families of these children who lost their lives to this senseless crime. No child should fear for their life walking down the street in their neighborhood and the Commonwealth is grateful to those who helped make these convictions possible, and work every day to make their communities safer.”
In addition to their charges, both Taybron and Williams were also convicted of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, use of a firearm within 1000 feet of a school, and felony gang participation.