Jamal Akeem Lisbon, 18, of Smyrna, and Calvin ‘Roscoe’ Jermaine McKinney, 17, of Austell, each pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of Violation of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act for their involvement in a gang-related burglary.
Kim Isaza, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said the pair burglarized a home in Mableton on Sept. 3, 2013, and were seen by witnesses walking through nearby woods carrying televisions. Both have been in custody since their arrests on the day of the burglary.
The two are also associates of the Triple G gang and the burglary was committed to further the gang’s criminal purposes, prosecutors say.
Michael Scott Carlson, deputy chief ADA, who prosecuted the case with ADA Lauryn Perry, said, “Triple G is what is known as a hybrid gang, which is one type of gang that cases have been made on in Cobb County. One of the dangers of a hybrid gang is that it can be absorbed into larger, better-known gangs and serve as a conduit for the traditional gang’s membership and criminality to enter a community, which would have the potential to then strengthen a traditional gang’s footing in a place like Cobb. By sending these two men to prison, we are putting the brakes on that process when it comes to Triple G and protecting the public in the process.”
Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert Flournoy sentenced Lisbon to 10 years, with two years to serve in custody, and McKinney to 11 years, with three years to serve in custody. As a term of sentencing under Georgia’s Street Gang Act, both defendants are forbidden from associating with criminal street gang members or to participate in criminal gang activity.
Lisbon was represented by attorney Linda Malveaux of Marietta. Attorney Elizabeth Lane, also of Marietta, represented McKinney.