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Mark Herring
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**TYRONE BATTEN MUGHSOT**

 

THIRD GANG MEMBER CONVICTED OF 2008 DOUBLE-MURDER IN NEWPORT NEWS

Following prosecution by Attorney General's Office, jury recommends a sentence of 96 years for double-murder ~

NEWPORT NEWS (January 28, 2016) - Attorney General Mark Herring announced that a Newport News jury today recommended a sentence of 96 years and $50,000 fine for Tyrone Batten, 23, the third and final suspect in a 2008 gang-related double-murder. Yesterday, the jury found Batten guilty of two counts of second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a violent felony, discharge of a firearm within 1000 feet of a school, and felony gang participation for his role in the 2008 murder of Newport News teens Barry Eugene Richardson, 16, and Keon Flemming, 15, who were gunned down as they walked by Huntington Middle School. 
 

Batten, Marcus Williams, and Floyd Taybron, all members of the "36 Street Bang Squad Bloods," suspected the victims were members of a rival gang trespassing on their territory simply because the boys happened to live in a neighborhood controlled by a rival gang. Formal sentencing will take place on March 25.
 

"This conviction finally brings to a close a terrible and violent crime committed more than seven years ago," said Attorney General Herring. "Gang violence tears families and communities apart and we cannot let these crimes go unpunished. No parent should fear for their child's life just because he or she went out for a walk in the neighborhood. I'm so appreciative of the great work done by my prosecutors, as well as the Hampton and Newport News Police departments and Newport News Commonwealth's Attorney Howard Gwynn for their support and dedication to seeing this case through and ensuring that justice was served."
 

Following a complex, three year investigation led by Phil Figura, Chief Prosecutor in Attorney General Herring's Major Crimes and Emerging Threats Unit, the Peninsula Multi-Jurisdiction Grand Jury returned indictments against three gang members for their roles in the murder of Richardson and Fleming. Figura, James Entas, and Michael Jagels of Attorney General Herring's Major Crimes and Emerging Threats Unit previously secured convictions for the murder of Richardson and Flemming against:
 

  • Marcus Williams, the enforcer for the "36 Street Bang Squad Bloods" for two counts of First-Degree Murder, Discharging a Firearm within 1,000 feet of a School, Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Murder and Felony Gang Participation. Williams was sentenced to two life terms, plus twenty-three years, and a $100,000 fine by Judge Pugh.

     
  • Floyd Taybron, a member of the "36 Street Bang Squad Bloods," for first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, use of a firearm within 1000 feet of a school, and felony gang participation. Taybron was sentenced to 83 years in prison by Judge Pugh.


 

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