15 May 2010
The News Virginian

STAUNTON — Fearing a setup, a Crip fired a high-powered rifle into a Stuarts Draft home and now faces a half-century in prison as prosecutors carry out a get-tough approach on gangs.

James Edward Breckenridge, 24, of Stuarts Draft, pleaded guilty Friday in Augusta County Circuit Court to attempted first-degree murder, gang participation and firearms charges in drive-by shootings that left two homes riddled with bullet holes. Jesse James Purcell, 19, of Sherando, allegedly a Crip accomplice, also shot an AK-47 into homes, authorities said.

Prosecutors refused to let Breckenridge plead to lesser charges, partly in an effort to send a message to gang members, said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Robin Boylan. Breckenridge admitted to belonging to the Crips, one of the America’s most violent street gangs whose tentacles have spread to almost every corner of the country.

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