'Show Out' gang members sentenced to prison

Four members of a D.C. gang were sentenced to prison Friday for their roles in a series of crimes that spanned across the District.

Quayshawn L. Leggett, James D. Matheny, Ricardo J. Williams, and Travis L. Morris all pleaded guilty in February. They called themselves members of the “Show Out” crew and police say they would commit random beatings and attempted robberies around the District, often targeting homeless people.

For about a year, police say the gang hit several neighborhoods, including Chinatown, Metro Center, NoMa Bloomingdale, and Woodley Park.

The crew was also accused of engaging in “flash mob” style robberies at stores and gas stations, in which several members would storm the business at the same time.

Leggett and Matheny were both sentenced to nine years in prison. Williams was sentenced to 8.5 years; Morris was sentenced to 6 years and 8 months.

Two other leaders of the gang, Bernard “McLovin” Trowell and Deandre M. Williams, will be sentenced later this month. They also pleaded guilty in February.{ }

A third person is still sought.