Member of Newport News Dump Squad gang gets life for murder

Ashley Kelly (Daily Press)
February 27, 2010

NEWPORT NEWS, Va – A member of the Dump Squad street gang was sentenced Friday to life in prison for a 2007 murder.

Martin Manley, 22, of Newport News, was convicted in federal court for the shooting death of Tony Vaughan outside the Atmosphere Club in Hampton on Dec. 24, 2007, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “This senseless murder shows the reckless disregard that Martin Manley and other gang members have for human life,” U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride said in the release. “It’s no surprise that violent crime dropped significantly in Newport News after these thugs were taken off the street.”

Manley pleaded guilty last year to participating in a racketeering conspiracy, discharging a firearm in connection with a crime of violence and use of a firearm resulting in the murder of Vaughan, according to the release. Manley was sentenced to 360 months in prison on the racketeering charge, 120 months on the firearm charge and life for the murder.

According to a statement of facts filed with his plea deal, between 2003 and 2009, Manley was a member of the Dump Squad street gang, a criminal organization that operated primarily in the Ridley Circle, Harbor Homes and d#$kerson Court areas in the southeast community of Newport News.

Members engaged in drug distribution and violence, including murder, attempted murder and robbery. They often carried firearms to intimidate others and protect themselves from rival gangs.

On Dec. 24, 2007, Manley and other gang members were involved in a fight in the Atmosphere Club. Management at the nightclub made all the patrons leave the building. In the parking lot outside, Manley said to other Dump Squad members that he was going to “drop” the next person he saw.

Manley was approached by Vaughan, of Newport News, who he believed was blankociated with the person beaten inside the club. A fight ensued, and several members of the gang began to beat Vaughan.

Manley then obtained a firearm and fired a single shot into the chest of Vaughan, who died later that night.

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