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Knightdale gang member gets three life sentences

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RALEIGH — A Knightdale man found guilty of murder and conspiracy was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences Friday.

Brandon Jowan “B-Easy” Mangum, 31, was also sentenced to an additional 240 months in prison following his life sentences.

Mangum and Demetrice “Respect” Devine, 37, of Garner, were found guilty in federal court Oct. 24, 2019. The crimes date to 2008 and 2009 during a rash of gang violence in southeast Raleigh.

Devine was sentenced to four consecutive terms of life imprisonment followed by a term of 240 months imprisonment and five years supervised release April 22.

According to prosecutors, Mangum was a high-ranking member of the Black Mob Gangstas and Donald Gee Family, an off shoot of the Bloods led by Devine. Members committed acts of violence, including murder, to maintain their positions and be promoted within gang leadership, prosecutors said.

The gang also controlled the sale of drugs in the Haywood Street neighborhood and required all drug dealers to pay dues if they sold in gang-controlled territory or else face robbery, assault or death.

Mangum conspired to shoot a rival gang member, Rodriquez Burrell, 18, because Burrell had refused to pay the gang. Burrell was shot multiple times and killed in front of his father.

“Today, finally, justice was served for Rodriguez Burrell and his family,” said Robert Higdon, U.S. attorney for the eastern district of North Carolina, in a press release.

“Mangum and the gang members he led literally executed Mr. Burrell in cold blood on the front porch of his father’s house because he dared to refuse to follow the rules of the Bloods gang which controlled and terrorized his neighborhood.”

Higdon also thanked the FBI and the Raleigh Police Department for working 11 years to bring Mangum and Devine to justice and to end the “decades of terror” the Bloods brought to areas of southeast Raleigh.

Devine ordered members of the gang to shoot, Adarius Fowler, 16, who died from his wound. He also ordered the death of a witness who cooperated with police and presided over the “beat-in” initation of another gang member. Devine conspired with other gang member to silence and threaten gang members subpoenaed to testify in federal proceedings.

Mangum and Devine both sold drugs for the gang. Mangum was found guilt of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.

Mangum was also found guilty of RICO conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering and murder with a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

“Mangum will have the rest of his life to think about the damage he and his conspirators caused to innocent citizens of Raleigh,” said John Strong, special agent in charge of the FBI in North Carolina. “Today’s sentence is another example of law enforcement partners working together to effectively hold criminals accountable.”