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Virginia man gets seven life sentences for teen slayings

July 7, 2021 GMT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has handed down seven life sentences to a Virginia man convicted in the 2015 deaths of three teenagers, one of them a 13-year-old girl who was an innocent bystander at a birthday party.

Xavier “BJ” Greene, 26, of Newport News was convicted nearly two years ago of being one of the four men who showed up outside the birthday party and began firing at people standing outside, The Daily Press of Newport News reported Wednesday.

Authorities said the shootings killed a member of a rival gang in addition to the 13-year-old girl. Jurors also convicted Greene of killing 18-year-old Dwayne Leroy Parker one month earlier.

Greene’s seven life sentences, four of which will run consecutively, make him the most heavily punished among the seven defendants convicted at a massive seven-week federal gang conspiracy trial in 2019.

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Greene received life sentences for racketeering conspiracy, life terms for each of the three counts of using a firearm resulting in death, and life terms to run concurrently for each of the three counts of murder in aid of racketeering conspiracy.

The judge also sentenced Greene to 10 years for an attempted murder in a convenience store shooting. The sentences were handed down last Thursday.