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 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.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV report 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 the Journal-Constitution her son’s death is just a small part of the city’s growing gang violence.