Newport News gang member sentenced to 30 years in prison

Desmond Finnell (Chesapeake City Jail)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for his involvement in the Black P-Stones gang.

30-year-old Desmond Finnell was a lieutenant in the Black P-Stones gang headed by Michael Hopson between 2007 and 2010.  Finnell was responsible for multiple shootings in Newport News and Hampton as part of his P-Stones gang activity.

Prosecutors say the Black P-Stones were involved in the distribution of narcotics, multiple robberies and the deaths of at least three people.

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Finnell pleaded guilty in November 2016. On Nov. 28, 2010, Finnell lured Ernest “Critter” Crudup to a location in Newport News where he shot him to death, as he believed Crudup robbed him of between 15 and 20 pounds of marijuana.