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Archive for Tuesday, June 22, 1993

PRISON SENTENCE ORDERED IN GANG-RELATED SHOOTING

June 22, 1993

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A 20-year-old Lawrence man accused of firing at a rival gang member in January was sentenced on Monday on an amended charge of aggravated assault.

Marvin L. "Feli" Jefferson, 703 W. 25th, was sentenced to two to 10 years imprisonment. Because a firearm was used, Jefferson must serve the minimum term before he will be eligible for parole.

Jefferson and Yusaf Ali Austin, 20, 1608 E. 15th, each were charged Jan. 13 with a felony count of attempted first-degree murder after they allegedly fired handguns at a Topeka teen-ager Jan. 4 outside a residence in the 1100 block of New Jersey. The victim was not hit.

Police and prosecutors said the victim and the defendants were from rival gangs and that the shooting was the most serious incident of gang-related violence in the city to date.

During a preliminary hearing in February, the victim said he and a friend had driven to the residence to visit friends. An argument broke out among the victim, Jefferson and Austin.

The victim testified that the three left the house and went to the front yard, where Austin pointed a gun to the victim's head and told him to "Say something smart."

The victim pushed Austin away and started running. While he was running, he testified, he heard bullets being fired at him. A witness testified that he saw both Jefferson and Austin firing at the victim.

On May 4, Jefferson pleaded no contest and was found guilty of the aggravated assault charge.

Austin pleaded guilty March 19 to a felony count of aggravated assault that was contained on the original complaint filed against him. On April 21, Austin was sentenced to two to 10 years imprisonment.

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