Four Georgia gang members were sentenced to life in prison on Friday for the unsettling murder of a father they mistook for a rival gang member.
The Atlanta Journal-Consitution reported that a jury found Durrell Marco Muse, 29, Tequila Denae Forehand, 31, Darious Harris, 23, and Jujuane Harris, 19, guilty of a slew of charges, including felony murder, criminal street gang activity, and aggravated assault in connection with the shooting death of Antonio Clements, 29.
The quartet fired 59 times at the dad of five as he drove into an Atlanta gas station. The AK-47 that fatally hit Clements in the neck fired 27 rounds during the September 2014 bloodbath.
“I have to live with that scream the rest of my life,” the victim’s older brother, Demetric Phillips, recalled his mother’s reaction when she heard her son was murdered.
Nearly 3 years after a mime dancer was mistakenly gunned down in a gas station parking lot, 4 gang members have been found guilty of murder pic.twitter.com/VOOa7TLWPO
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) May 4, 2017
The victim’s girlfriend, Kendra Clopton, who was a passenger, was grazed by a bullet during the ordeal. The Cascade Patch reported that the vehicle was struck nine times.
Clements’ tragic murder, which was profiled on an episode of A&E’s The First 48, was the definition of senseless: A staple in his community, the father had just started a mime dance ministry with Phillips and performed in local churches before his murder, according to WSB-TV.
Surveillance cameras caught the suspects wielding firearms and conspiring before Clements pulled up. Three of the suspects were arrested shortly after the shooting.
Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter sentenced Muse to life without parole while the other three were handed down life sentences.
The district attorney’s office, said Frederick Rosenau, another man involved in the shooting, will be tried on a separate date. He remains in jail on a separate murder.
Clements’ mother said in court: “I hope they never, ever get out.”