Suspended sentence issued in gang break-in case

A Bumpass man was given a 15-year suspended sentence in Louisa Circuit Court today for breaking into a Buckner Road home, a crime he committed in order to get out of a gang.

Keith Saunders-Mallory, 18, had been at Central Virginia Regional Jail since his arrest shortly after the May 9, 2019 break-in. The suspended sentence could be imposed if he violates probation.

Saunders-Mallory had pled guilty in August to one count of breaking and entering and one count of participating in a gang-related act. Each count carries a suspended sentence of seven years and six months.

The defendant wanted out of the Nine Trey Bloods, a subset of the Bloods street gang, according to Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney Rusty McGuire. The gang offered two options, pay $500 and possibly be beaten, or join two other members in an attempted robbery.

After Saunders-Mallory and the others broke into the house in the 2400 block of Buckner Road, he was shot in the buttocks and arm by someone inside who recognized the intruder.