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Grand jury indicts eight on gang-related crimes

ALBANY -- The Dougherty grand jury indicted eight alleged gang members Wednesday in two separate shooting incidents, according to court documents.

The documents state that seven suspected members of the Eastside Mafia Family were indicted on multiple charges in connection with the Aug. 23 shooting at Albany Police Department Officer Dillard Glover. Glover escaped injury.

"It was represented that as observers of how we acted against the Crips gang, the alleged EMF gang members would not go out like the Crips," said District Attorney Greg Edwards. "The shooting at the officer was in some ways a response for our racketeering prosecution of more than 50 Crips in August."

A multi-agency police action named "Operation Shock" served warrants on Crips gang leaders on Aug. 19 for multiple offenses including violating racketeering laws. The racketeering violations could add 25 years to their sentences for other crimes if they are found guilty.

The grand jury indictments include conspiracy to commit aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, violations of the street gang terrorism act and other charges.

The indicted are Contravious Trinard Davis, Sean Bernard Frazier, Steven Bernard Washington, Roger Antonio Farmer Jr., Michael Alfonzo Stephens and David Lenard Stephens.

The description of the shooting in the grand jury papers states that Farmer took a rifle from the trunk of his car to give to Frazier. Frazier told the rest of the group to run when he shot Glover's vehicle. The indictment further states that the multiple shots fired at the car driven by Glover was aggravated assault.

Because the men were indicted as acting together "while associated with a criminal street gang," all were indicted on all the charges, the indictments read.

"Neither the police nor this office is intimidated by these actions," Edwards said. "We are going to redouble our efforts to make the streets safe and bring gang members to justice."

In another shooting incident, the grand jury indicted Lenall Rozell Frazier for aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, street gang terrorism and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon recidivist.

According to the indictments, Frazier shot security guard Eric Green on June 16 while at the Sports Zone Bar on Slappey Boulevard. Green suffered a wound to his leg. Six others in the bar were named as assault victims.

The grand jury also indicted Frazier on seven counts of street gang terrorism for his association with the Black Gangster Disciples, a criminal street gang.

Comments

Sixty 2 years, 11 months ago

Let's just line these guys up and shoot them. Save money and jail space all at the same time. What is the down side to this?

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1d2ec 2 years, 11 months ago

Jails are filling up all over the land. Instead of jail why not work camps for the non violent offenders. Teach them to care for themselves, grow their food and prepare it, build living quarters for them selves and maintain it, do their own house keeping. After learning some skills let the trusted help the poor that are unable to help themselves. In other words teach them to be useful instead of being a drain on society.

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