Two Street Gang Members Plead Guilty to Attempted Murder, Racketeering
Two members of the South Carolina Cowboys street gang pled guilty to charges related to their roles in gang-related shootings.
Christopher Sean Brown, aka Rougish, 23, of Walterboro, pled guilty to attempted murder in aid of racketeering activity. Matthew Rashaun Jones, aka Boogie Mac, 23, also of Walterboro, pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy, according to a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Both defendants admitted their involvement and membership in the Cowboys street gang which has operated in South Carolina since 2009.
Brown and Jones told officials they fired multiple shots May 30, 2013 at a residence where suspected members of rival gang, the Dooley Hill gang, were believed to reside, according to DOJ.
Jones also admitted to officials that in May 12, 2011, he shot at a person he believed was a member of a rival gang that had an ongoing dispute with the Cowboys. This led to a retaliatory May 14 shooting, where an innocent bystander was shot and injured, the DOJ reported.
Brown, Jones and seven others were indicted Feb. 9. 2016.
The DOJ reported members of the Cowboys show their allegiance by wearing red, white and blue clothing, including depictions of the American flag. Members also flash hand-signs in the shape of a “b” and sometimes have tattoos that say “Cowboy(s)” or “GMC,” the release stated.
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