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30-Year Prison Term for Man Guilty of Gang Shooting in Walton County

Gang-related conviction brings substantial prison sentence in Walton County

By Mankine Published 6 months ago 2 min read
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Abram Narshuan Brown, a resident of Walton County, recently entered a guilty plea for charges related to gang activity, leading to his sentencing to prison on a Monday. This legal action stems from a series of offenses, with Brown admitting to four counts of violating the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, eight counts of aggravated assault, four counts of criminal damage to property in the first degree, and 10 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The Walton County District Attorney provided insights into Brown's criminal activities, revealing that he was a member of EKS, a local hybrid street gang situated in Monroe. The timeline for these offenses indicates that Brown was involved in gang-related activities in 2021 when he was just 17 years old. EKS, which emerged from at least one predecessor gang, initially engaged in car break-ins and the theft and illegal sale of firearms.

The gang's activities were concentrated in the Monroe Estates neighborhood, and tensions escalated as conflicts developed with another gang rooted in the Tanglewood neighborhood, identified as 200. What began as verbal disputes and trash-talking on social media evolved into a more sinister turn, with multiple shootings and violent crimes involving the two gangs throughout 2021 and 2022.

One significant incident occurred on May 31, 2021, when, in retaliation to previous shootings targeting EKS members, Brown went to the Tanglewood neighborhood. There, he fired shots at a residence known to be occupied by members of the 200 gang and the Rags2Riches gang. The shootings targeted both the homes and vehicles parked outside, demonstrating a reckless disregard for the safety of the residents.

The District Attorney's Office emphasized that these residences were not exclusively occupied by gang members; innocent bystanders, including children, were also present. Brown's guilty plea, categorized as a non-negotiated plea, indicates that no prior agreement had been reached between him and the prosecution regarding his sentence.

Following presentations from both the defense and prosecution, the presiding judge handed down a sentence of 30 years, with the initial decade to be served in prison. As part of his probation terms, Brown is prohibited from engaging in any criminal gang activity, contacting fellow gang members, or interacting with the victims or their families.

District Attorney Randy McGinley underscored the gravity of Brown's actions, emphasizing that his guilty plea serves as a stark reminder that engaging in violent gang crimes within the Alcovy Circuit carries severe consequences. McGinley shed light on the terminology often used to describe gang-related offenses as "feuding gangs" or "beefs," emphasizing that these crimes extend beyond interpersonal disputes, terrorizing entire neighborhoods and communities.

McGinley expressed relief that this particular crime did not result in harm to innocent individuals, highlighting the potential for innocent people, including children, to be caught in the crossfire of such violent acts. He concluded by stating the commitment to aggressively prosecute those who resort to gun violence to settle disputes, whether they arise from petty arguments or social media conflicts.

In summary, Abram Narshuan Brown's guilty plea and subsequent sentencing shed light on the serious consequences associated with engaging in violent gang activities. The legal proceedings also underscore the efforts of the justice system to address such offenses and protect communities from the detrimental impact of gang-related crimes.

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