Greenville Gang Members Sentenced

Four gang members who pleaded guilty to dealing drugs in the east have been sentenced.

The FBI says it was part of an operation to dismantle the "West 5th Street Boys" gang hierarchy in Greenville.

All four pleaded guilty to selling or distributing crack as part of a Greenville-based gang.

The following were sentenced: 24-year-old Tyree Barksdale was sentenced to five years in prison. 27-year-old Antonio Demetrius was sentenced to nearly 5 years. 24-year-old Steven Wooten was sentenced to about three years, and 23-year-old Keyonta Langley was sentenced to more than 2 years in prison.

One more defendant is awaiting sentencing. Two others are awaiting trial.

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  • by members on Apr 21, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    the problem is with the community the rich get richer and the poor get forget about. more than half the people selling drugs are doing it for there familys to eat and keep the lights on. all of the upper class people don't get if until the economy gets better people are going to buy the drug for relief and the dealer are going to keep selling for the money. the people that want to do the drugs are going to get it somewhere. so fix the economy first
  • by where? on Apr 5, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    Where is the Black community's leadership?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    The Greenville Police Department did most of the work in this case, partnering with the FBI. The Daily Reflector story is much more detailed.
  • by no way!! on Apr 5, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    2-5 years??? for gang activity and distributing crack???? btw what do you think theyre going to do on the inside? well i guess its good theyre not on the outside..
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      by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:56 AM in reply to no way!!
      What will they do? Eat better than some of us, work on their jumpshot and alley oops, become born again Christians, you know, all of those things that we hard working citizens continue to have to pay for.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Apr 5, 2011 at 03:25 PM
    They were sentenced the day they joined a gang. There was just a delay in the processing.
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      by kim on Apr 5, 2011 at 07:36 PM in reply to Frank Sinatra
      They didnt join a gang thats just how the system judge young black men that hang in a group these boy never been to jail for harming anyone they just wanted them off the streets and what better way to do that is to place them in a gang if it was a group of white guys would they be KKK?
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        by so.. on Apr 6, 2011 at 03:50 AM in reply to kim
        the whole distributing crack was made up then? just bc they havent been to jail yet means nothing--theres a first time for everything, even getting caught!
  • by Scott on Apr 5, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    I'm surprised they didn't spell it "West fif street Boyz." Seriously, it's not a stereotype if it's true. Fix the problems in the black community from within the black community. Make the NAACP and SCLC do something proactive to help the community instead of swooping in to stir the pot and get publicity for their worthless groups. Only when the overall black community takes the initiative will anything change.
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      by Chris on Apr 5, 2011 at 02:13 PM in reply to Scott
      No Scott, its "Wes Fif Skreet Boyz"... "street" is too proper for anyone dumb enough to be involved with a gang.
  • by Red on Apr 5, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    Wow... what a bunch of racist people. No wonder Gville is such a sad place. These young men found themselves in leadership positions in thier organization. You should do as well if you would make an effort. Too bad they could not have put their talents to good use in the community.
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      by WOW on Apr 5, 2011 at 01:48 PM in reply to Red
      And I quote, "All four pleaded guilty to selling or distributing crack as part of a Greenville-based gang.".....These young men abused their leadership positions, CHOSE to break the law, and GAVE UP the right to put their talents to GOOD use in the community. If THEY had made an effort, they could have made a POSITIVE difference in the community. WHAT is so racist about that?
  • by Willie Location: Greenville on Apr 5, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    I'm puzzled every time something like these arrests happens. WHY is it "racist"? Some of the comments might be a bit racist in their tone, but why are the arrests, trials and convictions racist? If they were Chinese, or Arab, or Brazilizn, or Eskimo, or any other race or ethnicity, would it be any less racist? Or perhaps, more racist? I don't get it.
  • by Food for Thought Location: Greenville on Apr 5, 2011 at 08:52 AM
    I feel their sentences should be 15 years or more and instead of allowing them to use tax payers money send them to fight overseas. Since they are confirmed gang members and drug dealers that means they should know about weapons and the right drugs to use as pain killers. Or this could mean that when they do go to prison here in good ole N.C. and are released they have better ideals and buddies on the inside to chill with upon their return(that is after they have more drug charges and/or a few murder cases under their belts). I am never amazed at our great system.
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      by scary on Apr 5, 2011 at 03:30 PM in reply to Food for Thought
      yeah theyll be even worse when they get out in 1.5 years
  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 at 07:35 AM
    I'm more pissed about them sitting on their ass watching TV and lifting weights instead of growing their own food, cleaning roadsides, and breaking rocks to make gravel for road substate. This punishment is just the beginning of their revolving door and free bed, food, and health care. I want something for my tax dollars damn it!
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