Man sentenced to 20 years in drive-by shooting investigation

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One of the men charged in a 2016 drive-by shooting investigation will spend nearly a decade in prison.

22-year-old Vashawn Berry was sentenced to 20 years, eight in prison, after he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. Berry was associated with the Crips street gang at the time of the shooting.

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Back in December 2015, Berry and another man fired guns outside a car near the intersection of Villa Crest Avenue and Houston Avenue. A 28-year-old man, who was not the intended target, was shot in the face.

“Mr. Berry put everyone at risk when he fired his gun out the car window. Bullets don’t always limit their damage to the intended victims. Sometimes they strike indiscriminately and cause incalculable damage for innocent families who want nothing but peace. I hope this young man reconsiders his life and makes better choices when he’s released,” says District Attorney David Cooke.

A second man is still facing charges in this investigation.