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Suffolk man sentenced for role in murders

A member of the Nine Trey Gangsters was sentenced Tuesday morning in federal court to 45 years in prison for his role in two gang-related murders.

Alvaughn Davis, 29, of Suffolk, pleaded guilty on May 23 to conspiracy, use of a firearm resulting in death and being an accessory after the fact to a murder in aid of racketeering.

According to court documents, Davis, along with Anthony Foye, 25, of Suffolk, and other co-conspirators, were members of the Nine Trey Gangsters, a street gang with members in states across the East Coast that is affiliated of the United Blood Nation.

Foye previously pleaded guilty to murdering Al-Tariq Tynes, Vandelet Mercer, Linda Lassiter and Wayne Davis in furtherance of his membership in the gang. Davis, in furtherance of his membership in the gang, helped conceal Tynes’ body and was the driver during the shooting of Mercer.

Tynes was murdered Dec. 10, 2015, in Portsmouth. Foye drove Tynes’ Lexus for several days, with the body in the trunk, before asking Davis to help him dispose of the body. They left Tynes in a ditch near Rotunda Avenue in Chesapeake.

Mercer was murdered on Dec. 15, 2015, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Portsmouth. Another person was also injured in the shooting.

According to court documents, Davis was known as a “Four-Star,” or high-ranking member, within the Nine Trey Gangsters.

In court documents, the defense attempted to paint a sympathetic picture of Davis’ childhood. At the time of his birth, his father was involved in two simultaneous romantic relationships and having children by both women. His parents never married and finally separated when he was 4 years old. His father eventually married the woman from the other relationship and “saw very little of their father,” the document states.

The family moved frequently, and the defendant was caring for his younger brother at the age of 6 for up to 12 hours at a time while their mother worked. He was shot twice at age 13 years old, molested and accidentally started a fire at their home at a young age, resulting in the destruction of the home.

He repeated four different grades and eventually obtained his GED from the Pruden Center.

The defendant was not able to play football in school because he did not meet the 2.0 grade point average required to participate in extracurricular activities. Soon after he became ineligible to play football, he began spending a lot of time with his neighbor, who introduced him to gang activity.

The defense also noted that Davis cared for his ailing grandparents and coached youth football with the Bennett’s Creek Warriors.

“Alvaughn was desperate for attention, desperate to be invested in, and to be given purpose and worth,” the defense stated.

The prosecution, however, responded.

“All of that must be balanced against the defendant’s choice to devote a substantial portion of his life to a violent criminal street gang … and to willingly engage in the crimes described above,” prosecutors wrote in their position on sentencing. “Nothing about his family background explains or mitigates the crimes he chose to commit.”

The prosecution also noted Davis was convicted in 2009 of abduction and robbery after holding up a Dairy Queen. During the nearly five years he spent in state custody, he received a number of disciplinary violations, including possession of gang-related materials or paraphernalia.

U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis handed down the sentence on Tuesday.