August 18, 2006
Louis Antonio Bryant, the convicted leader of a dangerous Charlottesville street gang will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
A federal court judge sentenced Bryant to two life sentences and an additional ten years behind bars. Those life sentences will run together. Earlier this year, Bryant was found guilty of racketeering, drug conspiracy and running a continuing criminal enterprise.
“We’re happy with this jury and with this judge and we feel that the community is much safer at this point than it was two years ago when these people were still on the street,” said Asst. U.S. Attorney Bill Gould.
Several other defendants involved in the West Side Crew's crime spree have also been convicted and sentenced but it was the leader of the gang, Bryant, who received the harshest sentence. His attorney says he will appeal.