- By Amanda C. Coyne The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A leader of a subset of the Bloods gang ordered a Lawrenceville man’s murder while incarcerated at Hays State Prison, the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office said.
Gordon Evans, 37, was convicted of three counts of felony murder, two counts of criminal street gang activity and one count each of malice murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and aggravated battery in connection with the death of Jeffrey Anderson. A jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts Aug. 17 after a two-week trial.
Anderson was found dead in a Lawrenceville home with two gunshot wounds to the back of his head on Nov. 24, 2015. Soon after, police discovered a threatening text that was sent to Anderson a month before he was killed; that text was sent with a contraband cell phone by Evans, who was incarcerated at Hays State Prison in Summerville, the DA’s office said.
Evans, who is from Queens, New York, was a leader of the Nine Trey Gangsters, a subset of the Bloods, the DA’s office said. The gang started at New York’s Rikers Island jail but has spread to metro Atlanta, according to the DA’s office.
Police were authorized to wiretap Evans’ contraband phone after discovering the threatening text. They heard Evans bragging about sending someone to “handle” Anderson because Anderson didn’t pay back a $500 loan, according to the DA’s office.
Evans sent two lower level gang members to kill Anderson, the DA’s office said. Dossie Mann pleaded guilty to killing Anderson in 2017 and is currently serving a life sentence. Durell Lewis has been charged in Anderson’s death, but has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.
Evans was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus an additional 20 years.
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