By Carol A. Gasser Moore
MACON, Georgia – Demetris Gervone Bellamy (32) of Ray City and Shi-Young Lamar Sharper (39) are among three defendants with lengthy criminal histories, who were found guilty by federal juries of illegally possessing firearms resulting. The convictions and sentencing are the result from Project Safe Neighborhoods investigations in South Georgia. They were sentenced to prison Wednesday, January 17th.
Bellamy was sentenced to serve 260 months in prison. His term is to be followed by five years of supervised release after he was convicted Aug. 17, 2023. Demetris was found guilty of one count of Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and one count of Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Lamar Sharper was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. He was convicted July 26, 2023, of one count of Illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The third man punished January 17th, Joshua Granger (35) of Orlando, Florida, was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release after he was convicted Aug. 16, 2023. Granger was convicted of one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson presided over today’s sentencings. All three men were sentenced in the U.S. Courthouse in Macon.
After they were sentenced, U.S. Attorney of Middle Georgia Peter D. Leary stated, “These cases involved armed defendants with criminal histories who repeatedly violated the law, brought to federal attention as a result of the Valdosta Division’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force. Our office is focused on reducing crime in our communities; holding repeat and violent offenders accountable is one part of a combined community and law enforcement effort to address violent crime through Project Safe Neighborhoods.”
Rich Bilson, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent of FBI Atlanta’s Valdosta office commented, “These sentences are a direct result of what good multi-jurisdictional partnerships and communication can accomplish. We are grateful for all the hard work by our partners that allowed these repeat offenders to be removed from the streets before they could commit any worse crimes.”
Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk said, “The federal, state and local collaboration through Project Safe Neighborhoods helps us get violent, repeat criminals off the streets. We are thankful for this continuing partnership,” after the sentencing.
For Lanier County News (LCN) readers, who would more information about the Bellamy case, you are asked to go on-line and visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdga/pr/jury-convicts-ray-city-man-armed-meth-trafficking/; for information about the Granger case, please visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdga/pr/florida-man-convicted-illegally-possessing-gun-valdosta-psn-case/; and for information about the Sharper case, please visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdga/pr/jury-convicts-felon-illegally-possessing-gun/.
The Bellamy and Granger cases were investigated by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah Couch and Criminal Chief Leah McEwen prosecuted the cases for the Government.
The Sharper case was investigated by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Monica Daniels and Sonja Profit prosecuted the case for the Government.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office of Middle Georgia wants the public to know that these cases were prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime by bringing together a broad spectrum of stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities; supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place; setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities; and measuring the results.