Dashawn Romeer Anthony — the lead defendant in the federal case against suspected members and associates of Danville’s MILLA Bloods — pleaded guilty to racketeering charges that included murder and attempted murder Tuesday.
According to his plea agreement, Anthony reached a deal with federal prosecutors for a sentence between life in prison and 35 years — all without parole.
A notice of a hearing to change Anthony’s initial not-guilty plea from last year was filed Tuesday and quickly followed by a cancellation of his jury trial, which was scheduled to begin Jan. 13. That trial, against five accused MILLA defendants, is expected to take seven weeks and utilize much of the same evidence that will be seen against suspected members of Danville’s Rollin 60s Crips when they go to trial Oct. 7.
Both sets of suspected gang members were indicted in June in connection to the 2016 killing of Christopher Lamont Motley and at least one attempted killing.
According to the statement of facts accompanying Anthony’s guilty plea, he was the highest-ranking member of the MILLAs in Danville. Although he gave orders, he did not initially know, the document states, that the Rollin 60s and MILLAs had joined forces sometime in 2016 — termed “tying the flag.”
Responding to the unsanctioned team-up, national Bloods leadership authorized another Bloods set in the city, called the Billys, to kill Anthony. When Anthony learned of the “greenlight” to kill him, he and other accused members of the MILLAs met with the Rollin 60s around Aug. 20, 2016, planning to kill the Billys’ leader, the document states.
What followed later that day was an ambush-style shooting, prosecutors aver in the documents.
Members of the Rollin 60s and MILLAs stationed themselves around the Southwyck Hills Apartments, and Anthony personally antagonized members of the Billys, telling them to “pull up” and calling them names that day, the document states.
Then at 10:20 p.m., a van rolled into the apartment complex’s parking lot, and members of the MILLAs and Rollin 60s opened fire from multiple angles. Motley, who was riding in the van, was hit in the enfilade and killed, according to the document.
“After the murder, the shooters fled into apartments within the complex and, from there, to various locations in and around Danville,” the document states. “Anthony assisted some of the Milla gang members to dispose of their firearms, which were later sold to an individual in the Washington D.C. area.”
On June 15, 2016, the two gangs jointly attempted to kill Dwight Montel Harris and Armonti Womack, the documents claim. Tredarius Keene, an accused MILLA member also under indictment, phoned Anthony to tell him he saw the two in the Southwyck Hills Apartments and needed help “dealing with” them. So Anthony and other accused gang members armed and disguised themselves. They were joined by members of the Rollin 60s before opening fire on Womack and Harris.
Both were injured in the shooting, but neither died. Harris was later killed on Oct. 23, 2018, in front of 625 Cabell St., which prosecutors contended was gang territory. His shooting death is being investigated as the murder of a federal witness, according to court documents.
The statement of facts also goes onto detail the MILLAs’ activities, including selling drugs, tampering with witnesses, robbery and murder.
Anthony is the third of the accused MILLAs to plead guilty. His plea was preceded by those from Tanasia Lashae Coleman and Demetrius Allen Staten, who both pleaded guilty to racketeering approximately three months ago. Of the accused Rollin 60s, only Matthew Caesar Ferguson has pleaded guilty.