Georgia’s gang prosecution unit has now been in existence for six months and has sought and secured 50 indictments, state attorney general Chris Carr said. Eleven of them have been prosecuted in Athens. A recent indictment in Athens was in the case of her 26-year-old Geoffrey Rice, who was accused of being involved in a shooting last October. Gaines at his school in Athens killed one of his teenagers and injured another on his road.
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“With our new gang prosecution unit, we are using all resources at our disposal to disrupt the growing gang networks that are terrorizing our communities and putting people at risk. “This latest indictment is a powerful move with the Athens-Clark County Police Department, which is working with us to ensure that those involved in violent crimes are held accountable for their actions.” All Georgians deserve to be safe and will continue to fight to eradicate gang activity wherever it occurs.”
Since its creation on July 1, 2022, the Attorney General’s Gang Prosecution Division has prosecuted 50 alleged gang members statewide, including 11 in Clark County.
The Red Tape Gang is a local hybrid gang with ties to major national bloodlines such as Sex Money Murder and The Rollin’ 20s.
The Attorney General’s Gang Prosecution Division presented evidence to the Clark County Grand Jury, and Rice was indicted on January 10, 2023*.
Specifically, the defendants were charged with:
- 4 street gang anti-terrorism law violations
- 2 felony murders
- 2 counts of aggravated attacks
- 1 count of bad battery
- 3 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon during a crime
- 1 count for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
- 1 count for possessing a firearm while on a felony mission
- 1 count for 1st degree property damage
- Driving 1 count while license is suspended
A copy of the indictment can be found here. No further information regarding the investigation or prosecution may be released at this time.
About the Attorney General’s Gang Prosecution Unit
Last year, with the support of Gov. Brian Kemp and members of Congress, Attorney General Chris Carr created Georgia’s first statewide gang prosecution unit. This new unit officially began historic work on July 1, 2022.
The creation of the unit was made possible by HB 1134, a law giving the Attorney General’s Office concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute criminal gang activity statewide. Georgia’s fiscal 2023 budget also includes her $1.3 million to establish a new gang prosecution unit.
In total, the new unit has obtained 14 indictments charging 50 defendants statewide. This includes eight indictments of her for being members of the Clark County Red Tape Gang.
The Gang Prosecution Unit is housed in the Attorney General’s Prosecution Division, which also includes Carr’s Trafficking in Persons Unit and his Public Integrity and White Collar Crime Unit.
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