Another member of Colleton County "Wildboys" gang sentenced to prison for attempted murder
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) —
A federal judge has sentenced yet another member of the Colleton County "Wildboys" street gang to prison.
Joshua Edward Manigault, 31, of Green Pond, was ordered Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel to spend 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder in connection to an April 7, 2015 drive-by shooting.
According to prosecutors, Manigault as part of his plea admitted his involvement in that shooting in Walterboro, during which he and others fired multiple gunshots into a home targeting rival gang members.
One person was injured in that shooting. In addition to his 10-year prison term, Manigault has been ordered to pay medical bills for the victim.
Prosecutors say Manigault as part of his plea also admitted Wildboys gang members committed a wide range of violent criminal activities, including robberies, attempted murder, and narcotics trafficking.
Manigault is one of 14 alleged members of the Colleton County-based Wildboys and Cowboys gangs indicted by a federal grand jury in February 2016.
Manigault, who pleaded guilty in January, is the fourth member of the Wildboys gang to be sentenced to prison on charges stemming from that indictment.
On June 2, Wildboys members Kelvin Mitchell, Damien Robinson, and Brian Manigo were sentenced to prison for their roles in crimes committed by the gang.
A fifth Wildboys member, Devin Brown, was found guilty June 30 of attempted murder. He is awaiting sentencing.
Meanwhile, two members of the Cowboys gang are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in January 2017 to attempted murder and racketeering charges as part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. They are Christopher Brown and Matthew Jones, both of Walterboro.
The indictments against the 14 alleged gang members cameas the result of a years-long joint investigation by the ATF, SLED, Walterboro Police, the Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester county sheriffs’ offices, Summerville Police, and the S.C. Dept. of Probation and Parole.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for South Carolina prosecuted the case, with assistance of prosecutors from the state’s 9th and 14th Circuit solicitors’ offices.