CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Three members of the United Bloods Nation gang were sentenced in connection with two murders, including the double-murder of a Lake Wylie couple in their home in 2014.
All three gang members were sentenced to serve at least two consecutive life sentences for their involvement in racketeering activity (RICO) and murder.
Randal Hankins II, 24, was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences. He was convicted last year of RICO conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering and use or carry of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence related to the murder of Douglas and Deborah London.
The Londons were murdered inside their home on October 23, 2014 after Douglas London was identified by the gang as a credible eyewitness to an armed robbery committed by three suspects on May 25, 2014.
Investigators said that Jamell Cureton and two other suspects robbed The Mattress Warehouse owned by London. Over the next few months following the robbery, gang members allegedly exchanged correspondence and conducted meetings to arrange the murder of Douglas London, which police said was carried out by Jarrel Hartley and Brianna Johnson. Hartley is currently serving a life sentence in prison. Johnson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars in January.
Akheem McDonald, 24, was sentenced to serve two consecutive life sentences following his conviction of RICO conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering and use of a firearm during a crime of violence in connection with the murder of Kwamme Clyburn.
Nana Yaw Adoma, 23, was also sentenced to two life sentences and 25 years in prison related to Clyburn’s death. Adoma was convicted of RICO conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering and use or carry of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Adoma was convicted for his involvement in the armed robbery of London’s business, too.
Nine other UBN members have been sentenced for their role in the murders. They are serving sentences ranging from 13 years to life in prison.