Georgia’s New Gang Prosecution Unit Secures More Convictions

This week, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced that Georgia’s new Gang Prosecution Unit had secured the conviction of Jeffery Rice, 27, of Athens, for his involvement in the October 2022 fatal shooting at Gaines School Road in Athens-Clarke County. 

According to a press release from Carr’s office, “Rice is a confirmed member of the Red Tape Gang, a local hybrid criminal street gang with ties to major national Bloods, including Sex Money Murder and the Rollin’ 20s. The defendant was sentenced to 30 years, with the first 18 years to be served in prison and the remainder on strict probation.”

“This conviction is yet another step in our ongoing efforts to dismantle the growing gang networks that continue to incite violence in our communities,” said Carr. “We have been working with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department since the very beginning, and our strong partnership has already resulted in gang members behind bars and even more defendants still facing serious charges. All Georgians deserve to be safe, and we will never stop fighting to rid our streets of this dangerous and criminal activity.”

Rice was convicted of: 

  • 1 count of Voluntary Manslaughter
  • 1 count of Aggravated Assault
  • 1 count of Aggravated Battery
  • 4 counts of Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act
  • 1 count of Criminal Damage to Property in the First Degree
  • 1 count of Driving While License Suspended

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Ryan Piechocinski, who serves as the Assistant Chief of the Attorney General’s Gang Prosecution Unit.

D & B Staff

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