An Assistant U.S. Attorney who successfully prosecuted the 2007 dog-fighting case against NFL player Michael Vick was named as the deputy criminal chief in the Richmond office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Gill will be the first prosecutor to hold the new position, according to today’s announcement from the office, which is headquartered in Alexandria, Va. Gill will help oversee prosecutions for drugs and violent crimes in the Richmond area, which has seen a decrease in violent crime, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
“Richmond has made great progress in driving down its violent crime rate,” Eastern District of Virginia U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said in a statement. “The key has been working with everyone in the community to target dangerous criminals in some of the most violent areas of the city and putting them behind bars for a long time. Mike will use his broad experience to help combat crime on the front lines – taking drugs, guns and gangs off Richmond’s streets.”
Gill joined the office in 2005, after serving as a prosecutor in the Northern District of Texas from 2000 to 2005. For the past two years, he has also chaired the Richmond Identity Theft Task Force, which brings together local, state and federal officials to address identity theft crimes and financial fraud.