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Three Manassas Men Guilty of Murder, Drug Trafficking
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Three Manassas Men Guilty of Murder, Drug Trafficking

From the Office of U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Three men from Manassas, Va., were convicted by a federal jury in Alexandria, Va., of using firearms to murder a man they believed had robbed them of drugs and money earned through their drug trafficking operation.

        Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Edgar A. Domenech, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after the verdict was accepted by United States District Judge James C. Cacheris.

        “These three men gunned down a man in cold blood because they suspected him of stealing drugs from them,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “They have now had their day in court – something they never gave Kyle Turner. The violence that’s part of drug trafficking terrorizes a community, and that is why we are so determined to get deadly drug dealers like these three men off our streets.” 

        “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the ATF agents, prosecutors, and our law enforcement partners, three violent criminals are off the street and will no longer victimize their community,” said Special Agent in Charge Domenech.  “I am proud of the partnership that we have in the Eastern District, which allows us to focus on ridding our streets of violent criminals.”

        Marvin Wayne Williams Jr., 32; DeShawn Anderson, 20; and Freddie Wigenton, 21, were charged through a superseding indictment on Dec. 10, 2009, of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, intentional killing while engaged in drug trafficking, and use of a firearm in connection with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine resulting in death. Today, the jury found the three men guilty of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and using a firearm in the murder of Kyle Turner., The three defendants face incarceration for life when they are sentenced on March 4, 2011.

        According to court records and evidence at trial, Williams, Anderson and Wigenton were part of a drug trafficking organization in 2006 that distributed more than 500 grams of crack cocaine throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, primarily in the vicinity of Manassas. They carried firearms to promote their trafficking business and to intimidate, frighten and kill others. They also maintained two apartments in Manassas City as stash houses where they stored crack cocaine before distributing it to dealers and also the money they earned through their trafficking activities.

        On Dec. 9, 2006, two men forced their way into one of these apartments, which was occupied by Williams and another conspirator, Annette Sprow, 33. Sprow and another woman were present during the robbery, and the men stole drugs and drug proceeds and Sprow’s car that was parked outside. The evidence at trial showed that Sprow later told Williams that she suspected one of her drug customers, Kyle Turner, as one of the robbers. Williams assured Sprow that he would take care of the situation.

        According to evidence at trial, on Dec. 12, 2006, Turner and another associate arrived to purchase drugs from Sprow and Wigenton.  Turner was later shot to death in the apartment complex parking lot by Williams, Wigenton, and Anderson. Turner was shot 13 times by three different firearms. Soon after the shooting, Sprow took the three men away from the scene in her car and dropped them off at another location.

        On Nov. 20, 2008, Sprow pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and being an accessory after the fact. She was sentenced on Feb. 20, 2009, to 120 months in prison.

        This case was investigated by ATF. Trial Attorney Steve Mellin of the Criminal Division’s Capital Case Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice and Assistant United States Attorney Michael Ben’Ary from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

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