Attorney General updates gang arrests, charges in Athens

According to State Attorney Chris Carr, the Georgia gang unit, which has been in existence for six months, has searched and confirmed 50 charges, 11 of them in Athens. Athens’ most recent conviction came in the case of Jeffrey Rice, the 26-year-old accused of involvement in a shooting spree last October. One teenager was killed and another was injured on Gaines School Road in Athens.

From the Attorney General’s office…

“With our new Gang Prosecution Unit, we are using all the resources at our disposal to disrupt the growing gang network that is terrorizing our communities and putting people at risk,” the said Carr. “This new charge is the result of our strong partnership with the Athens-Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, as we work together to ensure that those who commit violent crimes are held accountable for their actions. All Georgians deserve to be safe, and we will continue to fight to stamp out gang activity wherever it occurs.

Since its creation on July 1, 2022, the Attorney General’s Office of the Gang Division has prosecuted 50 alleged gang members across the state, including the 11 charged in Clarke County.

The Red Ribbon Gang

The Red Tape Gang is a local gang with ties to the country’s biggest bloodlines, including Sex Money Murder and the Rollin’ 20s.

Summary of Fees

The Attorney General’s Gang Prosecution Unit presented evidence to the Clarke County Grand Jury, resulting in the indictment* of Rice on January 10, 2023.

Specifically, the defendant is charged with the following:

  • 4 charges of violating the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act
  • 2 counts of criminal homicide
  • 2 counts of aggravated assault
  • 1 count of the Crucifixion Stone
  • 3 counts of possession of a firearm by a felon during the commission of a felony
  • 1 count of possession of a firearm by a felon
  • 1 count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony
  • 1 count of criminal damage to property in the first degree
  • 1 count of Driving While Licensed

A copy of the charge may be obtained here. No other information about the investigation or the sentence can be released at this time.

About the Attorney General’s Gang Prosecution Unit

Last year, with the support of Governor Brian Kemp and members of the General Assembly, Attorney General Chris Carr created Georgia’s first statewide Division of Criminal Prosecutions. This new Unit officially started its historic work on July 1, 2022.

The establishment of the Division is accomplished by HB 1134, legislation that gives the Office of the Attorney General the authority to to prosecute criminal incidents throughout the state. Georgia’s fiscal year 2023 budget also includes $1.3 million to establish the new Kenny Prosecution Division.

In total, this new Division has found 14 charges that are charging 50 defendants throughout the state. This includes the indictment of eight people who are accused of being part of the Red Tape Gang in Clarke County.

The Gang Prosecution Unit is part of the Attorney General’s Prosecution Unit, which also includes Carr’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and his Public Integrity and White Collar Crime Unit.

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