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Cobb Bloods leader gets prison for killing 23-year-old gang member

A fight between Bloods gang leadership in 2017 has ended with a 20-year-old man in prison.

Naeem Jakwan Edwards was sentenced last week to 25 years in prison for killing Justin Dallas, of Woodstock, at a Bloods gang meeting in north Cobb County, prosecutors said in an Aug. 22 news release.

Prosecutors said the gang members were having a meeting at a house on West Station Drive near Bells Ferry Road on April 1, 2017.


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Mugshot of Naeem Jakwan Edwards (Cobb County Sheriff's Office)

Outside the house, Edwards shot the 23-year-old man multiple times.

According to the state, evidence showed that Dallas was at the top of the gang’s hierarchy and Edwards was second in command.

“Edwards ... acknowledged these crimes were committed to maintain and increase his status in the Bloods,” the news release said.


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According to the state, several witnesses told Cobb cops that Dallas was also armed, but it isn’t clear who drew their gun first.

“His death would not have occurred but for this dispute among members of the same gang and the inherent violence involved in gang crimes,” said Jaret Usher, a gang prosecutor.

Police say they were a part of the “Rollin 20s” set. Jail records indicate that Edwards, of Acworth, has several tattoos — one bears the set’s name on his back and another reads “I am my brothers keeper” on his right arm.

When Edwards is released, he will face 15 years of supervised release. That means he could be 60 when he is out from under state supervision.


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