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Black P-Stones gang member pleads guilty to racketeering, gun charges

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A Newport News, Va., man admitted on Friday that he was a member of the Black P-Stones street gang -- also called the Cobra Stones and the P-Stones Bloods -- and pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy and to gun charges during his involvement in a 2008 shooting, according to federal law enforcement.

Prosecutors said that Enrique “Rico” Omar Hinton confessed to being a member of the violent Black P-Stones, a gang that in the Denbigh district in Newport News, when the gang participated in an attack against a rival gang member who lived in Williamsburg.

On Dec. 10, 2008, the 26-year-old Hinton, who was 19-years-old at the time, and other P-Stones members hit the rival gang member's home with about eight bullets while two of the house's residents were inside. The gunshots struck the front door and some went into the living room, according to the FBI,

Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said Hinton later gave false testimony to a federal grand jury during a probe into the 2008 shooting.

Besides participating in the shooting, Hinton confessed to selling marijuana, illegally possessing handguns, attending Black P-Stones gang meeting and events, and that he participated in that gangs criminal enterprises.

According to the FBI, the Black P-Stones' members perpetrated a number of criminal acts including murders, drug trafficking, armed robberies and obstruction of justice.

Hinton is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge Tommy Miller on June 26, 2014. He may receive between 30-years and life in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.