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Gang member receives max sentence for 2016 shooting

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A Vice Lord gang member has been sentenced for his role in two gang-related shootings that took place back in 2016.

Darmarcus Fisher is a convicted Vice Lord gang member in Columbus and has been sentenced to the statutory maximum of 10 years in a federal prison for his involvement in two shootings that left one gang member hospitalized and resulted in bullets hitting a bystander’s vehicle, as well as, their home.

Fisher’s stint in prison will be followed by three years of supervised release. U.S. Attorney of the Northern District William C. Lamar said the sentencing was the culmination of a joint Federal and State investigation into multiple shootings in 2016, which occurred between rival gang members of the Vice Lords and the Black Gangster Disciples in Columbus.

Since then, Lamar added that multiple arrests have been made, resulting in a substantial reduction in the violent crime in Columbus.

“We are making our neighborhoods safe again by removing violent offenders from our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Lamar. “Through the combined efforts of our Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, federal, state, and local agents and officers will work together to make and keep our neighborhoods safe.”

The charges were the result of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that provides supplemental funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of violent organizations and pursuant to the Project Safe Neighborhoods anti-violent crime initiative.

Lamar said several agencies were crucial to this investigation, including the ATF, the Columbus Police Department, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, and the District Attorney’s Office for the Sixteenth Circuit Court of Mississippi. The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clyde McGee of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oxford, Mississippi.

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