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3 gang members convicted of murdering Atlanta mayor-elect’s nephew

Three men were convicted Thursday of murder and gang activity in the death of the Atlanta mayor-elect’s 18-year-old nephew, Fulton County officials said.

Darius Bottoms, the nephew of Keisha Lance Bottoms, was shot and killed in June 2014 as he drove on Legacy Drive in southwest Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. 

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Bottoms was mistaken as a rival gang member, Fulton County District Attorney spokeswoman Nakell Williams said in a news release. 

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter previously declared a mistrial after it was suggested a juror spoke with an Atlanta police detective about ballistics information during the trial.

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The men were retried, convicted and sentenced.

Rashad Barber, 19, was sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years; Ryan Bowdery, 23, was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years; and David Dajunta Wallace, 22, was sentenced to life in prison plus five years, Williams said.

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