Gang leader sentenced to life in prison for authorizing 2016 hit

Jamius Markevious Gunsby

Credit: Coweta Judicial Circuit

Credit: Coweta Judicial Circuit

A LaGrange gang member was sentenced to life in prison plus five years for authorizing a 2016 murder in which a 15-year-old shot and killed a former member for leaving the gang.

Jamius Markevious Gunsby, a 27-year-old member of the Bishop Bloods, was convicted of felony murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and a host of gang-related charges, said John Cranford, district attorney for the Coweta Judicial Circuit.

Prosecutors said Gunsby instructed 15-year-old Jerry Carston to shoot and kill Quentin Denard Williams after he decided he would leave the gang and work a “legitimate job” to provide for his children.

Williams, who was 25, left the group with the blessing of the gang’s leaders, who outranked Gunsby, Cranford said.

But Gunsby, an “original young gangster” with an intermediate leadership position in the Bishop Bloods, hoped to send a message to others by having Williams killed, Cranford said.

On July 24, 2016, Carston walked up to Williams on North Cary Street and shot him several times at close range, including once in the face. Police said the 15-year-old called Gunsby just before the murder for final authorization.

Carston was convicted of murder, gang and weapons charges the following summer and sentenced to life in prison plus 45 years, prosecutors said.

Gunsby was indicted that fall by a Troup County grand jury.

During his trial, which started April 15 and ended Wednesday, deputies took a woman into custody after she allegedly recorded video and took pictures of witnesses on the stand, prosecutors said.

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Police said in a statement Friday that the suspect's home has been searched and the pellet gun has been retrieved. The investigation is ongoing.

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