Man gets 37 years for gang-related crimes

Dec. 3, 2009 at 3:37 PM

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. District judge said a Virginia man with suspected gang ties will spend 37 years in prison for a variety of crimes.

The Newport News (Va.) Daily Press said Thursday Travis T. Horton of Newport News was sentenced after pleading guilty to charges including conspiracy, maiming, racketeering and brandishing a firearm in a robbery.

Horton, who allegedly has ties with a Newport News street gang known as the Dump Squad, also pleaded guilty to charges he attempted to burn down the Newport News Police Department's High Impact Patrol station.

U.S. Attorney Neal H. MacBride applauded Wednesday's sentencing by U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith.

"This case shows the brazen attempts by street gangs to intimidate the community and law enforcement. This sentence should send a clear signal that these gangs are not above the law," MacBride said in a release.

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