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Guilty Plea for Gang Member Involved in Robberies Across Central Va
Rachel Ryan

Sept. 12, 2014 A Louisa County man pleaded guilty in U.S. Federal Court in Charlottesville on Friday to a string of robberies across Central Virginia last fall. Along with several robberies, investigators say he is a member of the gang responsible for the murder of Waynesboro Reserve Police Captain, Kevin Wayne Quick. Twenty-year-old Devante Bell entered a plea agreement in federal court, pleading guilty to one count of racketeering. Bell admitted to a judge that he and other members of the 99 Goon Syndicate - a street gang affiliated with the Bloods - went on a robbing spree, stealing money, drugs and guns from homes in Charlottesville and Louisa between September and December of 2013. Bell's older brother, Travis Bell, and several other members of the 99 Goon Syndicate are facing charges in the kidnapping and murder of Quick. Travis Bell, and siblings Daniel Lamont Mathis, Shantai Monique and Mersadies Lachelle Shelton, all face the death penalty. A trial date has not been set. Bell was not charged in Quick's death, but Quick's mother was in court for today's hearing. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped several other racketeering charges and a gun charge. A judge will have a final say over whether Bell's plea deal is accepted. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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