Court Documents: 9 alleged Danville gang members facing death penalty proceedings
DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Nine suspected gang members in Danville could be facing the death penalty.
This comes after 18 suspected gang members and associates were indicted June 14 in two separate cases.
Documents from the U.S. District Court show 10 of them were a part of "the Rollin 60s" and nine of them were apart of "the MILLAS."
The "MILLAs" are a set of the Bloods street gang and the "ROLLING 60s" are a set of the Crips street gang. Prosecutors said the gangs have operated in Danville since sometime around 2015.
U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen said the two gangs were responsible for many violent crimes in the area including murder, robbery, trafficking firearms, destroying and hiding evidence, and distributing controlled substances.
Court documents show one of the crimes included a deadly shooting at Southwyck Hills Apartments in Danville on August 20, 2016 where police said Christian Motley, an innocent bystander, was killed.
According to the documents, members of both gangs were trying to kill another man.
The Danville Police Department is helping investigate these cases.
"It's not a charge that's made lightly," Lt. Michael Wallace said. "You have conversations with prosecutors to see if that's something they wanna go with and detectives and with the departments that are working it."
The Danville Commonwealth Attorney said he is a special assistant U.S. Attorney in this case and can not comment.
All of the crimes combined are why officials said these suspects could face the death penalty.
Court documents show that names of the nine are Phillip Daekwon Miles, Kevin Lamon Trent, Jr., Shabba Larun Chandler, Dashawn Romeer Anthony, Montez Lamar Allen, Javontay Jacquis Holland, Jermay Smith, Jr., Tanasia Lashae Coleman, and Marcus Jay Davis.
In all, 18 alleged gang members were indicted for various crimes, but only nine so far could face the death penalty.
Tanasia Lashae Coleman is still on the run and was apparently known to be involved in the "MILLAs."