Newport News gang lieutenant gets 35-year prison sentence

Darius Crenshaw

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News man was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in prison for crimes he committed as a high-ranking member of the Black P-Stones gang in Newport News.

Prosecutors say 30-year-old Darius Crenshaw was a lieutenant in the Black P-Stones, which was involved in the distribution of narcotics, multiple robberies and the deaths of at least three people.

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Crenshaw was personally responsible for the murder of Erique Shaw on Nov. 6, 2007, according to prosecutors. Crenshaw apparently lured Shaw, who was another member of the Black P-Stones, to a location in Newport News, where he shot Shaw to death.

Prosecutors say the murder was the result of Crenshaw’s belief that Shaw was associating with members of a rival gang.

Court documents say Crenshaw also recruited others into the gang.

Crenshaw pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy on Nov. 17, 2016.