2 gang members in restroom fight get jail terms

Mon, 02/18/2008 - 9:42am
By: John Munford

Two juveniles involved in a gang-related “beat-in” fight at a Fayette County High School restroom in December received stiff jail sentences Tuesday evening in juvenile court.

One of the juveniles, who was found to be a recruiter for the Bloods gang, was sentenced to four years in jail while another juvenile, who was participating in the fight to regain his rank in the Crips gang, received a two-year sentence, said Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard. Both were found guilty of felony charges that carry a sentence of up to five years.

Another of the gang members initially arrested by police cooperated with the prosecution and as a result has received threats that he will be killed by the gang called Southside Mafia should a 17-year-old in the case later be sentenced to more than five years, Ballard said. As a result, protective measures are being taken for that witness, who also received a 60-day sentence in a youth detention center.

Special Assistant Attorney General Christy Jindra prosecuted the case, which was heard in Fayette County Juvenile Court. After the sentence was announced, some of the gang members were crying, including one who was wailing on the floor of the courtroom, Ballard said.

The 17-year-old charged in the incident, Andre Scott, is an adult according to Georgia’s criminal justice system and will face a trial in Fayette County Superior Court at a later date. He has not yet been indicted on charges related to the case.

Ballard said he was proud of the work of Fayetteville detective Scott Isreal, who is the department’s specialized gang detective and put together a solid case. Ballard said the case was also helped with information from FCHS school officials.

As the court hearings proceeded in the case, charges were dismissed on three of the students who were determined not to have been involved in the fight at all, Ballard said.

Authorities have said "beat-in" fights are typically used on youths wishing to join street gangs.

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Submitted by whiteboy on Sat, 02/23/2008 - 9:04am.

Do any of you know the parents, know the kids? Why are you theorizing what went wrong and blaming this or that when you know nothing. You act like you know nothing about justice, nothing about fairness, and you don't care. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
What if you got 4 years for every dumb thing you did? You'd never get out. There was no gang! The DA just wants you to believe that so he can be seen as cleaning up gangs.
You have a little scuffle in the bathroom, and afterwards they were all buddies again. You ever have a fight in school? Your kid ever have a fight in school?

Submitted by skyspy on Sat, 02/23/2008 - 9:19am.

Umm, whiteboy, your own NAACP were the ones calling it "gang violence" and they even had a special meeting to talk about it.

Most of us know it was just a dog and pony show trying to scare the white people out of Fayette.

I know it is a bitter pill to swallow when you are held accountable for your actions and there are consequences for bad behavior. It is hard for some kids to understand since most of the "new wave" parents don't like to set boudaries and they definitly don't like to dish out consequences for bad behavior. After all it would hurt the little "angels" feelings if they were ever told no, or gasp disciplined.

Signed an American Jew.....I don't have to pull the "race card" to succeed.

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Submitted by highflyer2 on Tue, 02/19/2008 - 7:52am.

"After the sentence was announced, some of the gang members were crying, including one who was wailing on the floor of the courtroom, Ballard said." Dry up those tears big bad gang members! Where your going, you will have to prove how much a man you REALLY are 365 days a year! One sign of weakness and your had! After all, isn't this what being a big bad gang member is all about? SWEET JUSTICE!

Submitted by sageadvice on Tue, 02/19/2008 - 8:24am.

They were raised incorrectly, and so are many whites and yellows, etc.
I do hope you never have a kid or a friend who is a teenager who is slow, raised badly, or unfortunate, because if you did, I'm sure you would get him out of jail someway!

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Submitted by shadowalker on Tue, 02/19/2008 - 1:59pm.

Really bad use of words here
Unfortunate is not the case,
Slow is not the case
follow thru by the parrent could be the case
Rasied bad not the case (unless the parrent was in a gang)
Follow thru
If i told my kids NO i followed thru
even if that meant checking up on them seeing they were where they
said they were

NEVER Unfortunate
Its UNfortunate that they can not get there little gang butts
beat in school like when i went
that is the United states problem now we need captial punishment back
if you are not worried about suffering pain for your crime you just
keep doing more crime what punishment do you get. some of these
jail house people live just as good as us and do not have to do a thing, its people like you that do not say enought is enough


Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 02/19/2008 - 8:09am.

It is sweet justice for all of the kids they were hurting.

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Submitted by Knowitall on Tue, 02/19/2008 - 6:55am.

I read where some were upset at the stiff sentences as many of the perps were juveniles. Too bad, for these "kids" were doing things which carried adult consequences. These parents should not cry foul, they should cry over the long term failure they had at raising their children and teaching them right from wrong and most of all, their failure to teach and show them consequences, especially the unforeseen consequences. Like I've always said, unforeseen consequences!!!!! Play with fire, you will get burned, its just when.

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