Gwinnett man pleads guilty to killing on orders of gang leader

A Duluth man has been convicted of killing another man on the orders of an incarcerated gang leader, the Gwinnett Couny District Attorney's Office said.

Durell Lewis, 27, of Duluth, pleaded guilty to nine charges including malice murder on Thursday.

Gordon Evans, a leader of the Nine Trey Gangsters, was incarcerated at Hays State Prison in Summerville when he ordered Lewis and Dossie Mann, lower-level gang members, to kill Jeffrey Anderson. Anderson had borrowed $500 from Evans to pay rent and failed to repay Evans, the DA’s office said.

Jeffrey Anderson was killed on Nov. 24, 2015. He was found by police with two gunshot wounds to the back of the head. Detectives discovered Evans had sent Anderson a threatening text using a contraband cell phone in the week before. Through a wiretap, police heard Evans bragging about sending someone to “handle” Anderson because of the $500 debt, the DA’s officce said. The assailants were later identified as Lewis and Mann.

Lewis pleaded guilty to charges of three charges of felony murder and one charge each of malice murder, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, criminal street gang activity and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced to life in prison. Mann pleaded guilty in 2017 and was also sentenced to life. Evans was convicted of nine charges in August 2018 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 20 years.

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