Gang member sentenced

Published 10:45 pm Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Another in a series of gang members who operated in Suffolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake has been sentenced to federal prison on charges related to his gang activity.

Danyell Jamar “Putt” White, 21, of Portsmouth, a member of the Bounty Hunter Bloods, was sentenced Monday in federal court to 20 years in prison on RICO and firearms charges.

United States District Judge Jerome B. Friedman sentenced White to 13 years in prison on the RICO charge and seven years in prison on a charge of using a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.

White and seven other members of the Bloods and the Nine Tech Gangsters were arrested in a sweep in April that resulted from an investigation that included the FBI, the Virginia State Police and the Suffolk and Portsmouth police departments.

A press release at the time of the arrest listed White as a Suffolk resident, though Monday’s announcement stated that he was from Portsmouth. Another Suffolk resident, Cameron Mychal “Cam” Evans, 21, also was arrested at the time.

White was alleged to have been a leader within the Bounty Hunter Bloods street gang in Suffolk. He was charged with 12 felony counts in the original indictment, including kidnapping and assault.

White’s sentence on Monday was part of a plea agreement.

Court documents state that White was involved in a 2007 home invasion robbery in Chesapeake in which a victim was beaten on the head with a firearm. His racketeering activities also included dealing drugs as a gang member and the robbery of a person in the Cavalier Manor neighborhood of Portsmouth, prosecutors said.

At the time of the original arrests, U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride characterized the gang activity as ongoing and hurtful to several communities, noting that the men were “charged with terrorizing neighborhoods in Portsmouth, Suffolk and Chesapeake.”