3 convicted; mistaken gang killed mayor-elect's nephew

December 22, 2017 - 1:07 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Three men have been convicted of killing a nephew of Atlanta's mayor-elect in a mistaken gang shooting.

Authorities have said 18-year-old Darius Bottoms was shot in the head because 23-year-old Ryan Bowdery, 22-year-old David Dajunta Wallace and 19-year-old Rashad Barber mistook him for a member of a rival gang.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. says in a news release that all three were convicted Thursday of felony murder and other charges. Each was sentenced to life in prison, plus additional time.

Bottoms was a nephew of Keisha Lance Bottoms, who was elected Atlanta mayor earlier this month and takes office in January.

His mother, Myeka Jennings, tells WSB-TV her son's death is just a small part of the city's growing gang violence.

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This story has been corrected to show that Myeka Jennings spoke to WSB-TV, not The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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