Former Buckingham Correctional Center guards indicted

Published 7:39 am Sunday, November 6, 2016

Two Farmville residents who worked at the Buckingham Correctional Center are under indictment in a federal racketeering gang case.

According to a U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Virginia press release, Shaunda Rochelle Jones, also known as “Lady Stone,” and Jaymese Jenee Jones, also known as “Precious Stone,” both 20, allegedly conspired to smuggle controlled substances into Buckingham Correctional to members of Mad Stone Blood (MSB) street and prison gangs.

According to the indictment, unsealed Friday following the arrest of the majority of the defendants, Shonda Jones was employed as a correctional officer and is a member and associate of MSB. Jaymese was also employed as a correctional officer and is an associate with MSB.

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Two other defendants — whose actions are not listed as being connected to Buckingham Correctional — were Virginia of Department of Corrections (DOC) employees.

One of those defendants, officials said in the release, allegedly conspired to smuggle controlled substances into prison facilities and deliver the drugs to other MSB gang members for use and distribution within Virginia prisons.

“(The) fourth former DOC employee, who worked as inmate counselor, has been charged in a related case for smuggling contraband items to an incarcerated MSB gang leader with whom she was engaged in a sexual relationship.”

The indictment charges a total of 13 defendants with violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and related offenses, officials said.

Charges against seven additional MSB gang members and associates in related cases were also unsealed. According to the indictment, the MSB gang operates in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Maryland, and engages in activities involving murder, narcotics trafficking, wire fraud and mail fraud both in and outside of prisons.

“The gang’s national leaders are based in New York and MSB leaders in Virginia report to those New York leaders,” officials said in the release. “The indictment also alleges that the defendants committed shootings, armed robberies, narcotics trafficking, interstate firearms trafficking and fraud,” officials said, referring to the non-corrections employees associated with the case.

According to the release, the defendants charged with RICO Act violations include six Virginia-based MSB gang members, Michael Demont Dove, aka Dugatti Black, 31, formerly of Newport News; Terrance Nathaniel Brown Jr., aka War, 28, formerly of Norfolk; Clifford Alexand Jennings, aka Big Cliff, 47, of Virginia Beach; Anthony Alfred Day, aka Rokko, 35, formerly of Portsmouth; James Albert Bumbry, aka J. Black, 39, of Cave Springs; and Ronnie Monroe Nicholas Jr., aka RG, 36, formerly of Hopewell. Corey Owens, aka Gutta, 28, formerly of Norfolk, and Jermaine Shiquill Epps, aka MMM, 26, of Virginia, are also charged with crimes related to MSB gang activity.

“The above-named defendants are in custody,” officials said. “An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”

According to the release, the FBI’s Richmond and Norfolk Divisions, Virginia State Police, Virginia DOC, Norfolk Police Department, Harrisonburg Police Department, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office and Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney investigated the case.

Trial Attorney Marianne Shelvey of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Grayson A. Hoffman of the Western District of Virginia are prosecuting the case.