ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — On Tuesday, Virginia authorities gathered in Roanoke to announce that three men accused of being members of the Rollin’ 30s Crips were each sentenced to more than three decades in prison for a variety of charges, many of which involve murder or racketeering.

According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Sean Denzel Guerrant was sentenced to 37 years, Trayvone Raycron Kasey was sentenced to 36 years, and Demonte Rashod Mack was sentenced to 40 years.

U.S. Attorney Chris Kavanaugh for the Western District of Virginia says these men were responsible for at least two murders in Roanoke, even though Guerrant, the alleged leader of the criminal street gang, may not have pulled the trigger.

“We must send a message that gang violence and gun violence on our streets is not acceptable in civilized society, period,” said Kavanaugh. “And we think that’s exactly what these substantial federal sentences does.”

Kavanaugh promised any instance reported to his office in which a firearm is used in a federal offense will be investigated and prosecuted.

Besides the local, state, and federal law enforcement officials, family members of two young men who were reportedly shot and killed by the alleged gang members also attended the news conference about the sentencing on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

This briefing took place more than four years after officials say Amy Girty’s son — 23-year-old Markel Girty — was shot in his car by one of the alleged gang members and drove off before dying from the gunshot wound.

Amy says Markel’s death in February 2018 left her to care for his two children who won’t remember him, as well as question whether she could have done anything differently.

“It’s just a hurt that’s deep inside that I can’t express, I can’t explain,” Amy told WFXR News.

According to Amy, Markel was not even a member of the Rollin’ 30s.

(Photo: Amanda Lee/WFXR News)

Meanwhile, Daryl Lee’s 17-year-old son, Nickalas Lee, was shot and killed by Rollin’ 30s members in June 2017 after he refused to kill another person “to atone for his violations and perceived disloyalty to the gang,” the DOJ says.

Daryl says he wants to see more action from Roanoke Public Schools, adding that that prior to his involvement in the gang, Nickalas was criticized for reporting a firearm at school.

“The failure of the administration and the school’s willingness to ignore the presence of firearms in the school got Nickalas labeled as a snitch,” Daryl said during Tuesday’s press conference.

According to Daryl, his son was targeted by gang members before he lost his life just two weeks after graduating from high school.

Kavanaugh tells WFXR News that his office continues to target enforcement efforts and build community trust to deal with violent crime.

In addition, he says the DOJ believes there are no other Rollin’ 30s members in Roanoke, but when there is any suspicion of gang-related violence, it will be handled by federal prosecutors.