Member of Black P-Stones Gang Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy and Firearm Charges
|U.S. Attorney’s Office March 28, 2014|
NORFOLK, VA—Enrique Omar Hinton, a.k.a. “Rico,” 26, of Newport News, pleaded guilty today to racketeering conspiracy, as well as possessing and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; David A. O’Neil, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; and Royce E. Curtin, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States Magistrate Judge Tommy E. Miller.
Hinton was charged in a superseding indictment returned on December 9, 2013, with racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, possessing and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Hinton faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the racketeering conspiracy charge and a mandatory consecutive sentence of te10n years to life in prison on the firearm charge when he is sentenced on June 26, 2014, in Norfolk.
In a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Hinton admitted that he was a member of a violent street gang called the Black P-Stones, also referred to as the P-Stone Bloods and Cobra Stones, which operated as a criminal enterprise located primarily in the Beechmont, Courthouse Green, and Woodview neighborhoods in the Denbigh area of Newport News. The Black P-Stones engaged in various criminal activities including murders, robberies, illegal drug trafficking, and obstruction of justice. Hinton joined the gang in approximately 2005 and held the rank of “foot soldier.” As a foot soldier, Hinton sold marijuana for the gang, possessed firearms, attended gang meetings, and planned and participated in the gang’s criminal activities. On December 10, 2008, Hinton and co-conspirators participated in a shooting in Williamsburg to retaliate against a rival gang member who exhibited disrespect toward a co-conspirator’s girlfriend. During the shooting, approximately seven to eight bullets were fired at the rival gang member’s home, with bullets entering the home’s living room and front door while two people were inside. Hinton further admitted that on July 13, 2009, he testified falsely before a federal grand jury for the purpose of obstructing the grand jury’s investigation of the Black P-Stones and the December 10, 2008 shooting in which he and co-conspirators participated.
The investigation of this case was led by the FBI’s Safe Streets Peninsula Task Force, with the assistance of the Newport News Police Department and the James City County Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Eric M. Hurt and Trial Attorney Louis A. Crisostomo of the Organized Crime and Gang Section in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.