NEWPORT NEWS (AP) -- The government says a 25-year-old Brooklyn man has pleaded guilty to three counts of murder related to two slayings in Hampton and one in New York.

Prosecutors say Phillip Michael Bryant pleaded guilty to the two Hampton murders. They say he used strong-arm tactics to take over Lincoln Park housing project and use it as a center of his drug activity.

He admitted killing Sean McCracken in November 2009 and Johnny Avery in March 2010 to achieve those ends.

The third murder involved a New York State corrections officer. Jeremy Kane was killed in June 2009. It's believed Kane was murdered because he pressed charges against a gang member's brother in New York.

Bryant will be sentenced on May 7.

According to court records, Bryant and two others from New York were part of a criminal organization known as the 'Miller Time Bloods,' a neighborhood set of the national gang known as 'the Bloods.'

They brought cocaine, cocaine base and marijuana to sell at the Hampton housing project and were known locally as the 'New York Boys.'

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