Member of the “Dump Squad” Sentenced
|U.S. Attorney’s Office October 15, 2009|
NEWPORT NEWS, VA—Tina Whalen, age 22, of Newport News, VA was sentenced today to 90 months in prison for being an accessory after the fact to murder. Whalen pled guilty on June 30, 2009 to aiding another gang member who was injured during a drug robbery which resulted in the death of Terrell Williams. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith.
According to court documents Whalen aided Edward Davis by harboring him and rendering medical aid to prevent his apprehension, trial and punishment. Davis was a member of the “Dump Squad” a criminal street gang that grew from a national gang known as the “Bloods” and operated in the Ridley Circle, Harbor Homes and Disckerson Court areas of Newport News, Va. The defendant and fellow gang members protected the power and prestige of the enterprise through the use of intimidation, violence, and threats of violence—including the murders of Terrell Williams on Nov. 6, 2006; Tiarra Campbell on Jan. 17, 2007; and Tony Vaughan on Dec. 24, 2007.
This case was investigated by the FBI, Newport News Police Department, the Hampton Police Department, and Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorneys Laura Tayman and Robert Bradenham, II, 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.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.