FW: Two Leaders of “Show Out” Crew Sentenced
- Two Leaders of “Show Out” Crew Sentenced
To More Than 10 Years in Prison for Series of Assaults
Four Others Earlier Sentenced;
Group Targeted Victims in Chinatown and Other Areas
WASHINGTON – Two leaders of a violent crew, both from Washington, D.C., were
sentenced today to prison terms on charges stemming from various gang-related crimes,
including beatings, attempted robberies, and obstructing justice, announced U.S. Attorney
Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
Bernard Trowell, also known as “McLovin,” and Deandre M. Williams, both 19, were
among six men who pled guilty in February 2013, in the Superior Court of the District of
Columbia, to actively participating in a crew called “Show Out” that committed crimes in areas
including Chinatown, Metro Center, NoMa, Bloomingdale, and Woodley Park. Since at least
Jan. 1, 2012, the crew’s members canvassed the areas looking for targets of opportunity and
teamed up to assault their victims, rob them of items of value, or both. They pursued people they
thought were vulnerable to their surprise attacks, including people traveling alone to or from
work, homeless people, and people distracted by their cellphones.
The crew also was accused of engaging in “flash mob” style robberies at drug stores,
convenience stores, and gas stations, in which multiple members flooded in to the business at the
same time, overwhelming and intimidating the staff, and stealing items.
The Honorable Lynn Leibovitz, who sentenced the defendants, said that the crew
committed “violence for the sake of violence.”
Trowell was sentenced to 12 years in prison on one count each of conspiracy, aggravated
assault, and committing a crime while affiliated with a criminal street gang.
Williams was sentenced to 11 years and four months in prison on one count each of
aggravated assault, assault with significant bodily injury, obstructing justice, and committing a
crime while affiliated with a criminal street gang.
Upon completion of their prison terms, both defendants will be placed on three years of
Judge Leibovitz sentenced the other four defendants on May 10, 2013. They included
Quayshawn L. Leggett, 20, who also had a senior position in the group; James D. Matheny, 19;
Ricardo J. Williams, 20, and Travis L. Morris, 21. All are from Washington, D.C.
Leggett and Matheny were sentenced to nine years in prison. Ricardo Williams was
sentenced to 8 ½-years, and Morris was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison on one
count each of aggravated assault and committing a crime while affiliated with a criminal street
gang. They, too, will be placed on three years of supervised release after their prison terms.
As part of their plea agreements, the defendants, along with Trowell and Deandre
Williams, admitted participating in various crimes, including these incidents:
-June 5, 2012: Beating in the 600 block of H Street NW
All six defendants who pled guilty in February admitted taking part in the beating of a
man near a bus stop in the 600 block of H Street NW. As the victim approached the bus stop, at
about 3:20 a.m., he was surrounded and assaulted. Deandre Williams and a juvenile member of
Show Out knocked the man to the ground, and then multiple members punched, kicked and
stomped him. Deandre Williams and others stole items from the victim while he was on the
ground, including his cellphone and bank card. The victim was knocked unconscious for several
minutes. He eventually found a police officer and received medical attention. He was treated
later for a concussion, broken nose, and bruises to the head, face and torso.
--June 5, 2012: Beating near 2d and K Streets NW
Crew members targeted a second victim at about 3:45 a.m. The victim was walking to
work near 2d and K Streets NW when Deandre Williams approached him and struck him
repeatedly about the face and head with his fists. During this attack, Deandre Williams shouted
racial slurs at the victim. The victim received medical treatment on the scene and later was given
stitches to close a bleeding laceration to the side of his face. Deandre Williams pled guilty to
assault with significant bodily injury for his role in this attack.
-June 7, 2012: “Flash Mob” near North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue
Ricardo Williams and several others approached a gas station and convenience store at
about 4:20 a.m., in the area of North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue. After the station
attendant opened the locked door, Williams and the others overwhelmed and intimidated him.
They grabbed food or beverage items and fled without paying. Ricardo Williams pled guilty to
attempted robbery for his participation in this attack.
-June 19, 2012: Obstruction of Justice
During the evening hours, Deandre Williams and others approached a former associate at
a bus stop in Chinatown and threatened to kill him if he talked to police. Deandre Williams pled
guilty to obstruction of justice for this incident.
-June 21, 2012: Attack at Metro Center
Leggett and others were on the lower platform at the Metro Center Metro station when
they confronted a man at about 5:20 a.m. Leggett demanded money and threatened the victim.
The victim did not give him any money, and one of the individuals punched him in the face,
knocking him down. Leggett pled guilty to attempted robbery for his role in this attack.
-July 31-Aug. 1, 2012: Threats to Do Bodily Harm, Obstruction of Justice
Matheny posted audio recordings to his Facebook page, in which he is rapping. In three
of them, he accused a Show Out member of “snitching.” The songs carried a threat that this
member would be shot “on sight.” Matheny pled guilty to threats to do bodily harm and
obstruction of justice for these threats.
As part of the plea agreement, the government dismissed charges against the defendants
involving four other violent crimes that were charged in the indictment. The indictment covered
a total of 10 violent crimes, nine of which occurred during a three-week period in June 2012.
Two other defendants in the case earlier pled guilty to charges. The investigation into
other members of the crew is ongoing.
In announcing the sentences, U.S. Attorney Machen and Chief Lanier praised the work of
the officers, detectives and crime scene technicians who worked on the case for the MPD. They
also expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Metro Transit Police Department, which
assisted in the investigation. Finally, they commended the efforts of those who are handling the
case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas Bednar and
Clare Pozos, who are prosecuting the matter.