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Newport News man gets 22 years in gang case

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 4:10am  ET

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- A 36-year-old Newport News man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for participating in a drug conspiracy and being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Kenneth Matthews was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Newport News. He pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and to disposing of a gun used in the murder of Christian Hatch.

According to prosecutors, Matthews was associated with members of a gang known as "Thug Relations." Matthews was the secondary source of supply for many of the gang's members.

In November 2009, Matthews provided a gun to another person involved in a feud with a rival gang. The gun was used in the shooting death of Hatch, then was returned to Matthews, who took it out of state.

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