A Danville man pleaded guilty Monday to racketeering conspiracy as he acknowledged his role in Danville’s gang-driven violence of 2016 and 2017.
The hearing for Jaquan Lamont Trent in Roanoke federal court shed light on what prosecutors called “a war” between two Danville gangs, the Rollin 60s and the Billys .
The charge to which Trent pleaded guilty carries a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine equal to $250,000 or twice the profits earned from the racketeering enterprise, court papers said.
He may not be sentenced until after further prosecutions in the Rollin 60s and MILLA Bloods cases.
A summary of case evidence signed by Trent and filed with the court said Trent witnessed events that led up to the gang war.
Trent’s co-defendants include brother Deshaun Trent and cousins Kevin and Kanas Trent.
Trent, with his brother and others, were gathered in a “trap house” of the Rollin 60s Crips in December 2015 when they discussed the shooting that year of Robert “Jay” Kennedy, who was from a neighborhood that was Rollin 60s Crips territory, court papers said.
The group believed that the Billys — a rival Bloods-affiliated gang — was behind the shooting and that member Ekong Ben Eshiet was the triggerman, court papers said. Eshiet is serving a 12-year prison sentence for sparking a shootout at a Danville convenience store last year to further his gang membership.
In the Rollin 60s Crips meeting, they talked about getting even with Eshiet and other members of the Billys. Trent saw his brother and at least five others arm themselves before Trent left the house, court papers said.
“This incident and the retaliatory shootings that occurred afterwards appeared to spark and escalate a gang war between the Rollin 60s and the Billys,” the document states.
Trent also admitted involvement in attack on Dwight Montel Harris and Armanti Womack in cooperation with members of the Rollin 60s and MILLA Bloods, court papers said. The two groups walked into the Southwyck Hills Apartments “disguised and armed” and opened fire, court papers said.
Harris was shot to death on Cabell Street last October. His case is being investigated as the death of a federal witness, court papers said.
Court records from Monday’s plea also illustrate how the Rollin 60s and MILLAs formed an alliance that angered national Bloods leadership, prosecutors said.
The national leaders authorized the Billys to kill the MILLAs’ leader, court papers said.