NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – The third and final suspect in a 2008 gang-related double-murder that killed two teenagers has been found guilty.
Tyrone Batten, 23, was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a violent felony, discharge of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, and felony gang participation for his role in the murder of teenagers Barry Eugene Richardson, 16, and Keon Flemming, 15, who were gunned down as they walked by Huntington Middle School in 2008.
Along with Batten, Marcus Williams, and Floyd Taybron, who were all members of the “36 Street Bang Squad Bloods,” suspected the victims were members of a rival gang trespassing on their territory simply because they happened to live in a neighborhood controlled by a rival gang.
A Newport News jury has recommended a sentence of 96 years and $50,000 fine for Batten.
The formal sentencing will be March 25.