CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The US Department of Justice has announced that fourteen alleged members of two violent street gangs in South Carolina and alleged associates of both gangs have been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise and using firearms in the commission of attempted murder in aid of racketeering activity.
According to the indictment, the defendants are members and associates of the Cowboys, a violent criminal street gang with members operating in South Carolina since at least 2009, who resided in an area known as the "Eastside¨ of Walterboro and are led by Khiry Broughton.
The indictment further alleges that for a period of time, the Cowboys were aligned with another violent criminal street gang in Walterboro known as the Wildboys.
From October 2012 to November 2015, the Cowboys allegedly committed a wide range of crimes in order to further their racketeering scheme, including attempted murders, assault with dangerous weapons, drive-by shootings, home invasion robberies, threats of violence and distribution of narcotics, and charges the following defendants:
- Broughton, 25, aka Kblacka;
- DaShawn Trevell Brown, 23, aka Shawny;
- Clyde Naquan Hampton, 23, aka One Loyal Shooter;
- Zaquann Ernest Hampton, 22, aka TOB;
- Matthew Rashaun Jones, 22, aka Boogie Mac;
- Christopher Sean Brown, 22, aka Roughish;
- Bryant Jameek Davis, 21, aka Savo;
- William Lamont Cox, 38, aka Wataz; and
- Quintin John Fishburne, 35, aka Q.
The indictment was returned under seal on Feb. 9, 2016, and unsealed yesterday after the nine defendants were arrested.
According to the four-count indictment, the defendants are members and associates of the Wildboys, a violent criminal street gang with members operating in various cities in South Carolina, including in Summerville and Walterboro. Wildboys members and associates allegedly committed a wide range of racketeering activity, including assault with dangerous weapons, murder, robbery and narcotics trafficking.
The indictment charges the following defendants with attempted murder in aid of racketeering activity and using a firearm during a violent crime:
Joshua Edward Manigault, 30, aka J-Rizzle and Rizzle-Back;
Brian Manigo, 24, aka B-Nasty;
Kelvin Mitchell, 28, aka Kevy Boy;
Damien Robinson, 19, aka Sacked Up; and
Devin Brown, 21, aka Deno Badazz.
The indictment was returned under seal on Feb. 9, 2016, and unsealed yesterday after the five defendants were arrested.