Valley Bloods Leader Will Serve Over 14 years for Gang Activity
A Staunton man faces a long time in prison after taking a plea agreement in a gang-related assault case. 20-year-old Trey Aaron Scott pleaded guilty Wednesday to four felony charges, including aggravated malicious wounding.
He will serve 14.5 years behind bars. Prosecutors say Scott is a Bloods gang member who pistol-whipped another man during a party near Verona in December 2011.
Scott still faces a trial next month for similar charges in Rockingham County.
Office of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Press Release
Staunton, VA - A Shenandoah Valley Bloods gang leader was sentenced today to 53 years in prison for felony gang participation, aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm during the commission of the felony, and cocaine possession. He has also been ordered to pay the victim, a 22-year-old Augusta County man, $3,500 in restitution for medical expenses.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced that Trey Aaron Scott, a lieutenant for the Bloods gang in the Shenandoah Valley area, entered guilty Alford pleas, which were accepted by Judge Victor Ludwig earlier this morning in Augusta County Circuit Court. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt; rather, it is an admission by the defendant that the commonwealth has enough evidence to convince a judge or jury to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Judge Ludwig sentenced Scott to 53 years in prison with 38 years and six months of his sentence suspended, for a total active sentence of 14 years and six months.
On December 30, 2011, shortly after attaining the rank of lieutenant within the Bloods gang, Scott attended a party in Augusta County accompanied by several suspected Blood gang members. Scott and his entourage approached the victim, suspecting he was a member of the Bloods' rival gang, the Crips. Later that night, the victim bumped into Scott in a hallway, which Scott took as an act of disrespect. Scott attacked the victim, and the assault continued as the victim tried to escape the house. When he did escape, Scott pulled out a gun and fired it into the air. Scott then pistol whipped the victim to the point of unconsciousness. The victim suffered orbital skull fractures and numerous cuts and abrasions as a result of the attack. Following a manhunt by the police, Scott was arrested and found also to be in possession of crack cocaine.
"Violent gangs like the Bloods terrorize communities across the commonwealth," said Cuccinelli. "As this case demonstrates, violence and brutality are a way of life for gang members. Today's sentence should make it abundantly clear to gangs or potential gang members that this violence will result in a lengthy prison term.
"This successful prosecution is the result of continuing collaborative efforts between law enforcement, prosecutors, and my office to fight gang violence throughout the commonwealth," said the attorney general. "I would like to commend the extraordinary efforts of the Augusta County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, the Augusta County Sheriff's Department, the Virginia Department of Corrections, and others who worked tirelessly to bring this case to a successful conclusion."
This case was prosecuted by Virginia Assistant Attorney General Phil Figura and Augusta County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Angie Landes.
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