Macon – A man associated with a Macon street gang was sentenced to prison on Monday after he pleaded guilty to his part in the burglary of a woman’s Macon home in 2016 and an associated shooting.

Markell Keshon Clark, 24, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, burglary and violating Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act during a hearing in Bibb County Superior Court. A judge sentenced him to serve 20 years. The first 10 years must be served in prison. While on probation, Clark must abide by gang conditions.

If the case had gone to trial, prosecutor Sandra Matson would have presented evidence showing:

A woman returned to her Somerset Drive home Oct. 18, 2016, and found a car unexpectedly parked in her driveway. As the headlights from the woman’s car illuminated the front of the house, she saw several people running out of the house. One of them fired a shot at the car the woman and her children were riding in. No one was injured. Deputies later found the house had been ransacked. Evidence also shows Clark was associated with the Gangster Disciples street gang.

Speaking after the hearing, District Attorney David Cooke said, “When families go home at night, they shouldn’t have to worry about whether they’ll find a stranger in their house. This was a dangerous situation that could have ended in tragedy. Mr. Clark should be thankful that no one was harmed, because if they had, he would be spending even more time behind bars.”

Two other men charged after the incident still have pending cases and are considered innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.

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Contact: Amy Leigh Womack

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