Two guilty in Carver Pool shooting sentenced to 10 years in prison

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga. -- Two men convicted of participating in a gang-related shootout at a popular community pool one year ago were each ordered Monday to serve 10 years in prison for their crimes.

Tchywaski Jones and Dabkowski Luke were each convicted in August of gang participation and aggravated assault related to the August 2009 shooting. A third co-defendant, Jerry Lee Harris, will be sentenced at a later date, court officials say.

Chief Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette sentenced both men to a total of 25 years with two 10-year prison sentences to be served concurrently and 15 years on probation.

During their probation, both men are forbidden to enter Dougherty County or any of the surrounding counties and must stay away from any of the co-defendants in the case, any known gang members, or the victim, Donald Winchester.

The three were charged in a August 2009 shootout at the pool in which prosecutors contend was spurred by a fight earlier that day in which Luke's child was inadvertently punched.

Defense attorneys Jim Finklestein and Sandra Satchel each told the court that there was no evidence submitted during the case that showed that either of their clients had fired or possessed a gun during the incident, and that there were conflicting reports that they were even there.

Meanwhile, other suspects tied to the case, Jarnay Evans and Brandon Taylor, were each given plea agreements by the District Attorney's office in consideration of their testimony in the case and received considerably less time, with Taylor receiving credit for time served.

While Winchester was the only person shot during the incident, investigators recovered 11 shells, and wadding from a fired shotgun shell.