A federal grand jury in Nashville found a Lebanon gang member guilty Thursday on charges related to a June 2010 shooting in Lebanon.
Dakota “Kirby” Carver, 22, of Lebanon, was accused of shooting 23-year-old William Herd while herd was walking through Inman Court on June 3, 2010.
Carver pleaded guilty to the crime on May 29, 2012 in Wilson County criminal court and was sentenced to five years in prison with service of four years on probation.
Officials however, sought additional federal charges because of the gang-related nature of the crime, though, according to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen.
Witnesses in the trial testified that Carver, a member of the Gangster Disciples gang thought the victim was a member of a rival gang, the Vice Lords.
Jurors returned guilty verdicts on one count of discharging a firearm, one count of using a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute.
Jurors returned not guilty verdicts on three additional charges related to another June 2010 shooting in Putnam County. He was found not guilty on one count of discharging a firearm, one count of using a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of possession of a weapon as convicted felon.
“We’re very happy on getting the three convictions,” said Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen. “He’s been on our radar since he was a juvenile.”
He said this is another case of the department seeking the stiffer federal penalties for gang-related crimes. In state charges, sentences must be served at about 30 or 35 percent, but in federal court, sentences must be served at about 85 percent.
Bowen said he hopes convictions such as Carver’s serve as a message to others involved with gangs and drug dealing.
“Everything involving drugs and gangs fuels our violent crimes,” said Bowen. “We’re going to go after you…We’re going to continue doing what we’re doing.”