Eight members of the notorious Walterboro "Cowboys" street gang were sentenced this week to serve time in prison on various criminal charges related to multiple attempted murders and illegal drug activity.
U.S. District Judge David Norton sentenced the following Cowboys members to prison on charges of attempted murder in aid of racketeering:
- Bryant Jameek Davis (aka, "Savo")
- Zaquann Ernest Hampton (aka, "TOB")
- Christopher Sean Brown (aka, "Roughish")
- Quintin Fishburne
Norton also sentenced the following gang members to prison on organized crime conspiracy charges:
- Khiry Broughton (aka, "K Blacka")
- Clyde Naquan Hampton (aka, "One Loyal Shooter")
- Matthew Rashuan Jones (aka, "Boogie Mac")
- William Lamont Cox (aka, "Wataz")
Jones and Naquann Hampton both are sentenced to 12 years and 7 months. Broughton and Brown are sentenced to 9 years. Zaquann Hampton was sentenced to 7 years. Cox, Davis and Fishburne each were sentenced to time served.
All eight have been ordered additionally to serve three years of supervised release after their sentences are over, and to pay the medical bills of victims injured in their respective crimes.
According to prosecutors:
- Broughton and Fishburne were sentenced for their role, along with Dashawn Brown, in a Nov. 6, 2015 attempted murder.
- Naquann Hampton was sentenced for his role in a three shootings between July 2010 and May 2013.
- Jones and Christopher Brown also were sentenced in connection to two drive-by shootings in May 2011 and May 2013.
- Davis was sentenced for his role in a Sept. 2014 shooting.
- Cox was sentenced for his role in the distribution of crack cocaine and other narcotics.
- Zaquann Hampton was sentenced for his role in a 2012 robbery and shooting.
The convictions for the eight Cowboys members means 13 out of 14 members of the Colleton County-based Wildboys and Cowboys gangs indicted by a federal grand jury in February 2016 have now been convicted and sentenced.
Wildboys gang member Devin Brown was sentenced earlier in November to 20 years in prison. Wildboys member Joshua Manigault was sentenced in August to serve 10 years in prison. In June, Wildboys members Brian Manigo and Damien Robinson, were sentenced to 10 years in prison, while Wildboys member Kelvin Mitchell was sentenced to 3 years, 3 months. All five are charged with attempted murder in aid of racketeering.
Dashawn Trevell Brown, another member of the Cowboys, has pleaded guilty to organized crime conspiracy charges, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 15.
Federal prosecutors say the Cowboys are a "Bloods" affiliated street gang that originated in “Eastside” area of Walterboro. Members wear red, white, and blue clothing, often including depictions of the American flag. They are also known as the "Get Money Cowboys," according to law enforcement investigations.
Khiry Broughton was the purported ring leader of the Cowboys.
Authorities say the Cowboys and Wildboys, both based in Colleton County, were aligned for several years and shared common enemies. Members of the two gangs commonly posted threats on social media, as well as photos of themselves with firearms, large amounts of cash, and narcotics.
The case was investigated by the ATF, SLED, Walterboro and Summerville Police, the Colleton, Charleston and Dorchester county sheriff’s offices.
“We trust the system and the courts decisions. This was a long process, in which many different law enforcement agencies, with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office leading, collaborated to bring justice. We hope that this will send a message that Walterboro will not stand for this type of violence,” said Walterboro Police Chief Wade Marvin.