Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Former Georgia police officer and gang hitman gets 15 years prison for racketeering charge


A former metro Atlanta police officer who claimed to be a “hitman” for a national gang has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Vancito Gumbs, 28, was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy involving murder, the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced Monday.

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Gumbs, a former officer with the DeKalb County Police Department, was moonlighting with the Gangster Disciples and “relayed sensitive law enforcement information to the gang and provided a firearm to a fellow gang member,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak of the Northern District of Georgia said in a joint statement.

He was also photographed flashing gang signs and recorded on the phone with the “Chief Enforcer” for the Georgia Gangster Disciples.

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“Among other criminal activity, the Gangster Disciples engaged in the commission of murders,” the DOJ said in a statement. “The jury found that Gumbs joined or remained in the racketeering conspiracy while knowing and agreeing that the gang engaged in murder.”

Prosecutors never alleged that Gumbs himself actually committed murders.

Gumbs was sentenced to 15 years, five less than prosecutors requested and a dozen more than his defense attorneys, then five years of supervised release.



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