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Colleton County 'Wildboys' gang member convicted of attempted murder, weapons charge

Devin Brown (Al Cannon Detention Center)

A jury has convicted another member of the notorious Colleton County “Wildboys” gang on attempted murder and weapons charges.

Devin Brown, 23, of Walterboro, was found guilty of attempted murder in aid of racketeering and discharge of a firearm during a violent crime Thursday in federal court in Charleston.

Brown, who faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, was charged in connection to his involvement in an April 2015 drive-by shooting targeting rival gang members. According to prosecutors, an innocent bystander inside the home was shot and injured.

Brown is one of 14 alleged members of the Colleton County-based Wildboys and Cowboys gangs indicted by a federal grand jury in February 2016. He is the fifth member of the Wildboys gang to plead in federal court to charges related to past violent crimes and racketeering.

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. Sentencing is pending for Wildboys member Joshua Manigault.

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 original indictments and following convictions for each of the gang members comes as 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.

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