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Two Albany gangsters are going to prison

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DOWNTOWN ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two Albany gangsters are going to prison.

Prosecutors hope guilty verdicts in a gang murder trial send a strong message to gang members.

Security was tight at the Dougherty County Courthouse as the jury returned the verdicts around six o'clock.

Prosecutors say 19-year old Erick Jackson and 20-year old Montell Giddens were in rival gangs.

They got in a shootout on Rosedale Avenue on November 4, 2007 and 19-year-old Timothy Murray got caught in the crossfire.

Their murder convictions carry a mandatory life sentence.

Because they're also convicted of gang participation, they'll get extra time and be less likely to get parole.

Family members of the defendants were visibly upset.

Some plan to be present Friday morning when Giddens and Jackson are sentenced.

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