NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A 26-year-old New York man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing two people in Hampton and a corrections officer in Brooklyn.
According to U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride, Phillip Michael Bryant was sentenced to life in prison in connection to the deaths of Sean McCracken and Johnny Avery in Hampton and Jeremy Kane in New York.
Bryant and two others were part of a criminal organization known as the Miller Time Bloods, associated with the well-known gang The Bloods. The three traveled to Virginia to conduct a drug trafficking business in Lincoln ParkTowners community.
During a hearing Tuesday, Bryant admitted to killing McCracken on Nov. 1, 2009 during an argument over drug sales. Bryant tried to dismember McCracken's body with an ax, but was unsuccessful. MacBride said Bryant put McCracken's body in a dumpster, which was subsequently taken to the Hampton landfill.
McCracken's body was never recovered despite an exhaustive search by officials.
Bryant shot Avery in the face on March 19, 2010 during a territorial drug dispute and a ‘lack of respect.'
In addition to admitting to the Hampton homicides, Bryant waived venue in New York and pled guilty to the death of Kane on June 28, 2009. Kane, a Sing Sing correctional officer was killed outside of a salon in Brooklyn. Officials believe Bryant killed him in retaliation for charges pressed against a gang member's brother.
"Phillip Bryant poisoned the Lincoln Park Towers community with the crack he dealt. In protecting his drug "turf," Bryant's violence caused the death of multiple Hampton residents and left a shaken community in his wake," said MacBride. "Bringing the full breadth of criminal justice resources to investigate and prosecute Bryant's conduct, my office, along with our federal, state, and local a law enforcement partners, sought justice for the victims by advocating that Bryant receive the sentence imposed today-life in prison."
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