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Members of crew that hit Northwest hot spots face sentencing

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Local,Crime,Naomi Jagoda

Five members of a street gang are scheduled to be sentenced Friday for their roles in a series of assaults and robberies in Northwest Washington.

The members of the Show Out crew, all men from the District, pleaded guilty in February in D.C. Superior Court to charges including committing a crime while affiliated with a criminal street gang.

Set to be sentenced are two men who allegedly had senior positions in the crew, Deandre M. Williams and Quayshawn Leggett, as well as three other members: James D. Matheny, Ricardo J. Williams and Travis L. Morris. The defendants face maximum sentences ranging from 15 to 48 years in prison, prosecutors said.

The "self-styled president" of the group, Bernard "McLovin" Trowell, has also pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced May 24.

The crew has been accused of committing crimes in the Chinatown, U Street and Adams Morgan areas in 2012. Members of the organization would assault and rob individuals. They would also commit "flash mob"-style robberies at gas stations and convenience stores in which crew members would flood into businesses and steal items, prosecutors said.

When they pleaded guilty, all of the defendants admitted to their involvement in the beating of a man near a bus stop on the 600 block of H Street NW in the early morning hours of June 5. Members of the group surrounded the victim, knocked him to the ground and punched, kicked and stomped him, prosecutors said. The victim's cellphone and bank card were taken during the attack, and he was later treated for a concussion, a broken nose and bruises.

Defendants also admitted to participating in other incidents.

Deandre Williams admitted that he assaulted another victim in Northwest D.C. about 25 minutes after the attack near the bus stop. The defendant struck this victim repeatedly in the face and head, and the victim needed stitches, prosecutors said. Deandre Williams also admitted to approaching a former associate at a Chinatown bus stop on July 21 and threatening that he would be harmed if he talked to police.

Ricardo Williams pleaded guilty to being one of the people who participated in a June 7 flash-mob robbery at a gas station and convenience store near Florida Avenue and North Capitol Street. Leggett admitted to being part of a group that assaulted and attempted to rob a man at the Metro Center station on June 21, prosecutors said.

Matheny accepted responsibility for posting on his Facebook page recordings of his raps in which he accused another Show Out member of snitching. The raps threatened that this member would be shot, prosecutors said.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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