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Teen gang member sentenced in shooting
Teen gang member sentenced in shooting

KENNESAW, Ga. -- An Acworth man pleaded guilty Monday to his part in a gang-related shooting.

Alexander Market, 19, was convicted of three counts of violating Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

Prosecutors said Market and four codefendants shot at a house in Kennesaw's Legacy Park subdivision on Jan. 12, 2014. Several people were inside the house, but no one was hurt.

The shooting was in retaliation to a young man's decision to leave the Piru Bloods gang, according to prosecutors.

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A Cobb County Superior Court judge sentenced Market to 20 years -- 15 in prison and the rest on probation.

"People need to feel safe from gangs everywhere, and in their homes most of all," Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said in court. "This prosecution reflects my office's commitment to aggressively combat the threat of gangs here in Cobb County."

One of Market's codefendants pleaded guilty to his part in the shooting. Charges are still pending against the other three.