ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) - A Virginia man was sentenced to 276 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his role as bodyguard and driver for a gang-led prostitution business that recruited and trafficked high school girls, announced Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Donyel Pier Dove, aka "Bleek," 28, of Manassas, Va., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga. As part of his sentencing, Dove also was held responsible for conducting two armed robberies in Manassas, Virginia, and for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon during a burglary in Fairfax County.
On May 17, 2012, Dove pled guilty to sex trafficking of a juvenile. According to court documents, Dove was an associate of the Underground Gangster Crips (UGC), a Crips "set" based in Fairfax County. As part of his involvement with UGC, Dove served as a bodyguard and driver in the UGC prostitution enterprise, providing protection to prostitutes on multiple occasions.
At least twice, in 2009 and 2011, Dove transported or walked with two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, while they were engaging in commercial sex acts. Dove provided the juveniles with drugs, held and distributed proceeds from the prostitution, and received a portion of the proceeds. He also purchased a credit card that was used to pay for advertisements on Backpage.com to solicit customers for the prostitution enterprise.
Dove also pled guilty to using a firearm during a crime of violence in relation to two armed robberies of 7-11 stores in Manassas in March 2012. In addition, Dove had a gun during a March 2012 burglary in Fairfax despite being a convicted felon who was prohibited from owning firearms.
Dove is the second of five UGC members or associates who have been convicted of sex trafficking of juveniles in connection with this case. Michael Tavon Jefferies, aka "Loc," was sentenced on July 6, 2012 to 120 months in prison for his role in the enterprise. The three remaining defendants (Christopher Sylvia, Henock Ghile, and Justin Strom) are scheduled for sentencing on August 17, September 7, and September 14 respectively.