A leader of the Nine Trey Gangsters Bloods gang was sentenced Thursday to three consecutive life terms plus an additional 40 years in prison for his role in a racketeering conspiracy, multiple murders, multiple attempted murders, and various drug and gun crimes. The crew’s hitmen even held a shooting competition to see who’d get the highest body count.
41-year-old Antonio “Murdock” Simmons (photo above) was a high-ranking leader of a group of Portsmouth and Norfolk-based members of the Nine Trey Gangsters, a Bloods gang affiliated with the United Blood Nation. Simmons and five other members and associates of the gang were charged for their roles in a spate of extreme violence in December 2015 that ended with five people dead and four others shot during seven separate shootings that crossed nearly every city in South Hampton Roads.
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Murdering mothers and grandmothers
Nearly all of the victims in the case were unaffiliated with the Nine Trey Gangsters or any other gang. They included two mothers of young children and one grandmother who was murdered, along with her boyfriend, because gang members believed she was cooperating with the police in an investigation of another shooting carried out by a Nine Trey member just weeks before.
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Simmons was found guilty of the two murders that occurred during attempted robberies he directed his men to commit. By the end of December, two of the gang’s primary shooters, 27-year-old Anthony “Ace” Foye (right) and 26-year-old Nathaniel “Savage” Mitchell were in a competition to see who could gain a reputation within the gang for shooting the most people. To even the score the men were keeping, Mitchell gunned down a woman walking home from her job at the Norfolk International Airport four days before Christmas. The evidence at trial showed that Simmons bragged about the shootings carried out by Foye and Mitchell.
In late 2015, Simmons ordered Foye, Mitchell, and co-conspirators 30-year-old Alvaughn “LB” Davis and 23-year-old Malek “Leeko” Lassiter to murder high-ranking members of a rival Hampton Roads-based Nine Trey Gangsters “line.” When the men were unable to find two of their targets, they drove to the house of a third man they planned to shoot. When the woman who opened the door told them the man was not at home, they shot her six times; her life was saved by the quick response of local EMTs and the Portsmouth Police Department. While the men fled from the scene, they fired several rounds at witnesses looking out of their windows. Foye and Mitchell were arrested after robbing a gas station store later the same night.
Simmons, Mitchell, and Lassiter were convicted on all counts after a seven-week jury trial. Foye and Davis pleaded guilty before trial. Ruthless hitmen Foye and Mitchell will never see freedom again. Lassiter was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Davis received a sentence of 45 years. Simmons was the last defendant to be sentenced.
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“Simmons and his gang committed horrific violence across nearly every community in Hampton Roads,” U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia G. Zachary Terwilliger told the media. “Their actions shattered five families and took parents away from their children. That they did these acts because the gang needed money and to enhance their reputation speaks volumes about what gangs really are – as opposed to what they claim to be when they recruit young men and women in our neighborhoods. Where gangs go, depravity and senseless violence follows.”
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