Last week, Toombs Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Thomas B. Hammond sentenced Tyquerion Steed, 19, to 20 years on a myriad of charges which included violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. Jury trials have yet to resume so the case was presented as a bench trial before the judge.
Steed will serve 15 years confined and five years on probation after his release.
Steed, according to the June 2019 indictment, was associated with the Dirt Gang, also known as DBG.
He was convicted on four counts of violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act for unlawful conduct in incidents between June 21 and June 24, 2018. He was sentenced to 15 years of confinement on one count. On two additional counts Steed was sentenced to 15 years, per offense, to be served concurrently. On the final count of violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, he was sentenced to 15 years of probation which will run concurrently with the 15 years he serves incarcerated.
Steed will serve 20 years, 15 years confined and five years on probation for his conviction on four counts of aggravated assault. He was convicted on all four counts of aggravated assault and the sentences will run concurrently.
According to the indictment, Steed assaulted Robert Moss, D’Alvuine Burnett, and Tyquerri Murray with a deadly weapon, a firearm, on June 24, 2018. Moss was shot in the head while visiting a home in the 100 block of Sills Street.
Steed was also convicted on a charge of criminal damage to property in the first degree for shooting into the occupied dwelling in the 100 block of Sills Street.
Further, he was convicted on two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Collectively on the 11 counts, Steed was sentenced to 160 years. With sentences being served concurrently, he will serve 15 years in confinement and five years on probation. He is also ordered to pay $26,000 in fines.
After Steed’s assaults on others from June 21 to June 24, he was injured in a shooting at Spee-Dee Foods on June 27, 2018. Steed and another gunshot victim drove away from the food store after the shooting and were later taken from a Thomson home to the hospital.
Later, a McDuffie County grand jury indicted Burnett, Kadarious Hobbs, and Aundra Demarcus Hanson on charges related to the shooting at Spee-Dee Foods.
Two of the three entered plea deals and have not been sentenced.
Doupé said both cases ended in negotiated plea deals that capped the sentences at 10 for Hobbs and 12 for Burnett. The pleas and sentencing were before Superior Court Judge Harold A. Hinesley.
Hobbs was sentenced on two counts gang participation (violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act), three counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. His incarceration began May 22, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website.
Burnett was also sentenced on two counts gang participation (violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act), three counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. His incarceration began March 17, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website.
Aundra Demarcus Hanson is still awaiting trial. Doupé said that will be a jury trial once they resume.
Sequence of the shootings
“The way the case unfolded, in the last week of June in 2018 there was a rift between two street gangs,” said Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney Bill Doupé. “It was obviously bad blood between members of these organizations.”
June 21/22, 2018
The run on violence, according to Doupé, started on the late evening of June 21 into June 22 when Steed shot into a car at some apartments on Spruce Street.
Burnett was a passenger in the Toyota Corolla that was hit by gunfire and was grazed by one of the bullets.
June 23, 2018
On June 23, Steed’s mother’s house on Watson Street was shot up. Doupé said eight to 10 rounds hit the house and most were centered around his bedroom window.
“Most likely it was payback from the June 21st and 22nd shooting,” Doupé said.
June 24, 2018
Doupé said on June 24 individuals opened fire into the home on Sills Street. Located inside were Burnett, his girlfriend Tyquerri Murray, and Robert Moss.
“Robert was hit in the side of the head and wound up losing his right eye,” Doupé said. “Fortunately he survived.”
June 27, 2018
June 27 is when Hobbs and Burnett see Steed at Spee-Dee Foods and open fire on him around 3:15 in the afternoon, according to Doupé.
“The car was hit I think 14 times,” Doupé said.
Steed was grazed by shrapnel and the female occupant was wounded in the chest.
Large amount of shots fired
Doupé provided some insight on the amount of shots fired during the feud between gangs in June 2018.
Spruce Street — 28 cartridge casing from five different weapons. Four different 9mm handguns and an AK47 rifle were used.
Sills Street — two of those same 9mm handguns were used and the same AK47. There were about 30 casings found at the scene.