Former Front Royal man sentenced in officer’s murder

A former Front Royal resident and three other members of a street gang were sentenced Wednesday on federal charges stemming from their roles in the abduction and murder of an off-duty Waynesboro Police Department reserve officer.

The Front Royal resident, Kweli Uhuru, 25, was sentenced to four life terms plus an additional 10 years in prison. His co-defendants, Daniel Lamont Mathis, 20, Shantai Monique Shelton, 26, and Mersaidies Lachelle Shelton, 22, all of Charlottesville, also received four life sentences and varying additional prison terms. In addition to the abduction and murder of Capt. Kevin Quick of the Waynesboro Police Department Reserves, the defendants were also convicted of federal racketeering counts stemming from several robberies and home invasions.

The gang shot and killed the unarmed Quick on Jan. 31, 2014, after abducting him at gunpoint in a parking lot while he was on his way to visit his sick child. After driving him to Fluvanna, the gang forced him to reveal his ATM pin number and took him into a wooded area where they killed him.

Adam S. Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Division, praised U.S. Attorney John Fishwick of the Western District of Virginia, the U.S. attorney’s staff, Charlottesville FBI office and other law enforcement agencies for their work on the case.

“This case comes at a time when our nation hears confusing messages about who in society are the good guys and who are the bad guys,” Lee said. “Officer Kevin Quick was one of the good guys.”

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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