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3 Indicted on Federal Charges in York County Gang-Related Homicide

Jessica D. Aber was sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia on Oct. 12. (Courtesy of U.S. Department of Justice Eastern District of Virginia)

NEWPORT NEWS — Three gang members have been charged, in addition to one previously charged defendant, with abduction and murder of a Richmond woman last May in York County, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced.

The body of 25-year-old Tyosha Tanique Mitchell, of Richmond, was found deceased in York County, on the side of Old Williamsburg Road, in the early morning hours of May 6, 2023. Police were alerted by a jogger who spotted the body while passing by.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office announced in December that the federal government would be taking over the case and prosecuting the five people involved.

According to the indictment, in the early morning hours of May 6, 2023, 25-year-old Hezekiah Carney, of Norfolk, 24-year-old Jamica Langley, of Richmond, 26-year-old Donnisha Goodman, of Portsmouth, and 19-year-old Acacia Jackson, of New York, are alleged to have traveled to the victim’s residence on Bethel Street in Richmond to conduct a physical beating of the victim for a gang infraction.

All were members of different regional sets of a national street gang, the Almighty Black P. Stone Nation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the group left the apartment after beating the victim.

About an hour later, Goodman, Jackson, Carney, and Langley are alleged to have returned to the victim’s apartment with additional co-conspirator and fellow gang member, 25-year-old Jayquan Jones, of Richmond. Some were allegedly armed and wearing masks, and the group is alleged to have attacked the victim again before taking her from her residence, according to the indictment.

The group then allegedly drove the victim in a Hyundai Sonata approximately an hour east of Richmond to a remote area off Old Williamsburg Road in York County, where they are alleged to have removed her from the car and executed her, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The Medical Examiner found eight gunshot wounds to the head, abdomen, back, buttocks, and legs.

Deputies with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office were reported to have found the victim’s body, along with numerous shell casings with an “S&B” headstamp, at approximately 6:30 a.m. on May 6.

The next day, Norfolk Police located and stopped the Sonata with Jackson, Goodman, and Langley allegedly in the vehicle. Investigators allegedly recovered a 9mm cartridge from the vehicle with the same “S&B” headstamp from casings found at the scene of the murder.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said on March 5, Jackson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 22 and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Carney, Goodman, Langley, and Jones are charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping and kidnapping resulting in death. If convicted of kidnapping resulting in death, they face a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, officials said.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Brian Dugan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; Stanley M. Meador, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office; Craig Kailimai, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Washington Field Division; and Ronald Montgomery, York County Sheriff, made the announcement.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa McKeel and Mack Coleman and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Alyssa Levey-Weinstein are prosecuting the case with substantial assistance provided by the Violent Crime and Racketeering Section of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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