Former Roanoke leader of Rollin’ 30s Crips pleads guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges

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Sean Denzel Guerrant of Roanoke, pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges on Nov. 29, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Roanoke City Jail)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A former Roanoke gang leader of the Rollin’ 30s Crips pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges on Monday, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia.

During a plea hearing, officials say Sean Denzel Guerrant of Roanoke, pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, which included taking responsibility for a murder committed by his gang members and one count involving a conspiracy to murder a different victim.

The Department of Justice says Guerrant, also known as “Harlem Dunk,” along with Trayvone Raycron Kasey, Chauncey Dion Levesy, and Demonte Rashod Mack were all members of the Rollin’ 30s Crips. This street gang is nationally known and has origins in the Los Angeles area, but the Roanoke division of the gang mainly operates in the northwest part of the city, centered in and around the Lansdowne neighborhood.

On Monday, Nov. 29, Guerrant reportedly admitted to leading his members to murder a teenager who fell out of favor with the gang back in June 2017.

More specifically, Guerrant ordered 17-year-old N.L. “to kill D.F. to atone for N.L.’s gang violations and perceived disloyalty to the gang,” according to the Department of Justice. In the end, though, D.F. ran away and hid while Mack and Kasey chased down and shot N.L. twice in the back in an apartment complex parking area.

This plea comes after Mack pleaded guilty to murder in aid of racketeering and conspiracy charges for gang-related violence in Roanoke on Nov. 24.

“There is no higher priority for my Office than prosecuting murders stemming from gang violence. If you shoot and kill another person because of, or in furtherance of, some gang affiliation, you can know that the United States Attorney’s Office, and our partners in law enforcement, are going to investigate and bring federal charges where appropriate,” said United States Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh. “This case also sends a message to those perceived leaders of criminal enterprises. It makes no difference under federal law whether you personally committed the murder, or whether you encouraged, directed, or ordered another person to commit an act of violence. You are going to face the same consequences as those who pull the trigger. I am thankful to the FBI and the Roanoke City Police Department for their continued dedication to their work on this difficult but important mission.”

“While nothing can erase the pain that the family and friends of this young man feel after his life were taken, we hope this plea brings some level of peace and comfort to them. This joint investigation with our federal, state and local partners resulted in the successful conclusion of this homicide investigation,” said Chief Sam Roman of the Roanoke Police Department. “This is a clear and direct message to those who continue to choose to engage in gun violence and organized crime in Roanoke: we are going to do everything we can to hold you accountable for your actions. The Roanoke Police Department and our partners at every level of the judicial system are committed to doing our part to keep Roanoke safe.”

This case was investigated by the Roanoke Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Violent Crimes Task Force, with help from the Virginia State Police (VSP); the Roanoke County Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

There is no word on when Guerrant will be sentenced.

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