A Georgia gang leader was sentence to life in prison after being found guilty of murder and other charges after he authorized a 15-year-old to kill a former gang member.
Jamius Markevious Gunsby, 27, a former leader of LaGrange, Georgia’s Bishop Bloods, was sentenced to life in prison plus five years Friday for his involvement in the murder of Quentin Denard Williams, 25, in July 2016.
Gunsby was found guilty of guilty of felony murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and five violations of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, authorities said, according to the LaGrange Daily News.
Prosecutors said that Gunsby had authorized Jerry Carston, then 15, to shoot and kill Williams, who had decided to quit the gang so that he could get ‘legitimate’ employment and provide for his children.
Bishop Bloods leaders who outranked Gunsby had apparently given Williams their blessing to leave the gang, but prosecutors said that Gunsby decided he wanted to have Williams killed as a way to send a message to other gang members during a power struggle.
Carston was said to have called Gunsby for final authorization prior to fatally shooting Williams at close range multiple times in the street, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Caston was tried and convicted of murder, as well as other gang and weapons charges in August 2017. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 45 years.
Gunsby’s trial started on April 15 and ended April 24.
Authorities said that during Gunsby’s trial, a woman was taken into custody after she allegedly took video and pictures of people acting as witnesses for the prosecution. An investigation into that incident is ongoing.