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Two Albany gang members sentenced to life

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Two Albany gang members, found guilty of murder Thursday night, were sentenced to life in prison Friday.

Prosecutors say the courts are sending a clear message to gang members.

20-year old Matdrick Montell Giddens was sentenced to life in prison plus 25-years for convictions on murder, aggravated assault, and gang participation charges.

19-year old Eric Jackson was sentenced to life plus 15-years on the same charges.

A jury found them guilty of gunning down 19-year old Timothy Murray during a November 2007 gang fight.

Prosecutors say Giddens and Jackson are members of two different gangs and were shooting at each other when they hit Murray in the crossfire.

Dougherty D.A. Greg Edwards said  "The message is being sent by both the trial and the sentencing in this case is that gang activity is going to lead to your personal destruction."

Both Giddens and Jackson could be eligible for parole in close to 30-years.

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