LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Lynchburg says a two-year investigation has led to the conviction of a gang member on several felony charges.
In December 2020 detectives with the Lynchburg VICE and Narcotics Unit were surveilling Brook Street in Lynchburg when they observed Tremon Burford and another known Blood gang member leaving a home in a dark-colored sedan.
Officers pulled over Burford’s driving without a valid driver’s license. Burford initially stopped for police but then pulled away, initiating a high-speed chase through the Plaza and Lakeside Drive. Burford then crashed into another vehicle and fled the scene on foot.
The incident finally ended with the apprehension of Burford and the passenger and officers recovering a Springfield XD semi-automatic handgun near the vehicle crash scene.
During the investigation that followed, detectives executed various search warrants. They recovered a November 2020 recorded video call from the Blue Ridge Regional Jail showing Burford inside the Brook Street home speaking with other Blood gang members. The Common Wealth Attorney says the video shows Burford speaking to several gang members in jail conducting gang activities and displaying a firearm.
In August 2021, Burford was sentenced for felony charges after a May 2021 conviction, that included Hit and Run and Eluding, which resulted in prison time. On April 4, 2022, he was indicted on Possession of a firearm by a Convicted felon and Criminal Street Gang participation.
Then on May 31, 2023, Burford was convicted on the charges from the April 2022 indictment. His sentencing is currently scheduled for July 26, 2023.
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