WASHINGTON – An associate of the Wildboys gang was sentenced today in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder for his role in a gang-related shooting.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge C.J. Hyman of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Charlotte, North Carolina Field Division; Solicitor Duffie Stone of the 14th Judicial Circuit; Solicitor David Pascoe of the First Circuit; Sheriff R.A. Strickland of the Colleton County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office; Chief Wade Marvin of the Walterboro, South Carolina Police Department; Sheriff Al Cannon, Jr. of the Charleston County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office; Sheriff L. C. Knight of the Dorchester County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office; Chief Jon Rogers of the Summerville, South Carolina Police Department; Director Jerry Adger of the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; and Chief Mark Keel of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division made the announcement.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Gergel sentenced Joshua Edward Manigault, aka “J-Rizzle” or “Rizzle Back,” 31, of Green Pond, South Carolina, to 10 years in prison.
According to admissions made in connection with his plea agreement, Manigault was an associate of the Wildboys, a violent street gang from the Green Pond area of Walterboro, S.C., with members operating in various cities in South Carolina, including Summerville and Walterboro As part of his plea, Manigault admitted that Wildboys gang members committed a wide range of violent criminal activities, including robberies, attempted murder, and narcotics trafficking.
Further, in connection with his guilty plea, Manigault admitted his involvement in an April 7, 2015 drive-by shooting in Walterboro, during which Manigault and others fired multiple shots into a home believed to be occupied by members of a rival gang. Manigault admitted that as a result of this shooting, an individual inside the home was struck by gunfire and sustained serious bodily injury. As part of the sentence, the court ordered Manigault to serve a term of three years of supervised release and to pay the costs of medical care for the victim of the April 7, 2015, shooting.
Three other members or associates of the Wildboys also charged in the indictment, Damien Robinson, 21, and Brian Manigo, 25, both of Green Pond, S.C.; and Kelvin Mitchell, 30, of Ruffin, S.C., were sentenced on June 2, 2017, after pleading to related charges. On June 29, 2017, a jury convicted a fourth gang member, Devin Brown, 23, of Walterboro, S.C., of violent crime in aid of racketeering and a related firearms charge for his role in the April 7, 2015, shooting. Brown has yet to be sentenced.
The case was investigated by the ATF Charleston, South Carolina, in partnership with the Walterboro Police Department; the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office; the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office; the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office; the Summerville Police Department; the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office; the First Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office; the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Leshia Lee-Dixon of the Organized Crime and Gang Section in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Washington, D.C., and Tameaka A. Legette, Special Assistant United States Attorney from the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Bluffton, S.C.