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Final guilty plea from OMB gang member

Date Posted: Friday, July 7th, 2017
Categories:  Criminal Department of Justice DOJ Press Releases

All 28 gang members charged in 2016 indictment guilty.

Na-Quan Lewis, 20, of New Castle, pled guilty to Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and admitted that he violated his probation on a 2014 Robbery Second Degree conviction. A Superior Court judge sentenced Lewis to 3 years in prison on the firearm charge and reimposed 4 years, 11 months of back time on Lewis’ Violation of Probation.

Lewis was the 28th member of the Only My Brothers (OMB) gang indicted in 2016 on charges related to the gang’s activity to plead guilty. All the defendants in that indictment have now pled guilty to felony charges, just under a year from the original arrests in July 2016.

“Our Criminal Division prosecutors, working with Wilmington police and other law enforcement agencies, have gone after gangs in Wilmington that are responsible for a fair share of the violence, and this is another success in that regard. The focus by police and prosecutors on these complicated and time intensive gang cases is paying off,” Attorney General Denn said. “I want to commend Deputy Attorneys General Mark Denney, Cynthia Hurlock, and A.J. Roop on their prosecutions of these OMB cases, and Bill Moran, Caitlin Lynam, Shannon Daniels, and Shanaya Eyong for the research and support they provided this prosecution effort. I also want to thank Detectives Devon Jones Matthew Geiser of the Wilmington Police Department for their roles in the investigation.”

Another OMB gang member who was indicted separately has also pled guilty. Aaron Watson, 17, of Chester, PA was caught with a gun illegal for him to have because he was a juvenile. Watson pled guilty to Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon and Conspiracy Second Degree. Watson was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Ryan Bounds.

In other cases:

A 51-year old North East, Maryland man will spend 5 years in prison for a traffic collision that took the life of a man from New Castle. Deputy Attorney General Danielle Brennan secured the sentence for 51-year-old Scott Bartow. In April 2016, Bartow, who admitted to police he had been drinking, crossed the center line of Route 273 near Route 1 in Bear, and struck a car driven by 24-year-old Detrick Jones. Jones suffered multiple injuries and died eight days later. In February, Bartow pled guilty to Vehicular Homicide First Degree, Vehicular Assault Second Degree and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. A Superior Court judge sentenced Bartow to 5 years in prison followed by 6 months of either home confinement or work release, then 18 months of probation. Bartow was also ordered to pay $14,967.75 in restitution.

A Sussex County Superior Court judge sentenced a California man to prison on charges stemming from a 2016 automobile collision. Michael Gonzalez, 33, of Paramount, CA, pled guilty in May to Manslaughter and Assault First Degree. In July 2016, Gonzalez, driving under the influence of alcohol at speeds in excess of 90-miles-per-hour along Sussex Highway in Laurel, rear-ended another vehicle. That vehicle was forced off the road and caught fire, killing the driver and severely injuring a passenger. Gonzalez, who had 2 prior DUIs from California, was sentenced to 12 years in prison during which he must complete the KEY rehabilitation program, and then 2 years of probation. Deputy Attorneys General Danielle Brennan and Nichole Gannett prosecuted the case.

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