A local gang member was sentenced to 17 years in prison last week following an October conviction on charges related to a June 2010 shooting in Lebanon.
David Boling, public information officer for the U.S. attorney’s office in Nashville, said Dakota “Kirby” Carver, 22, of Lebanon, was sentenced March 6 to 17 years in prison.
Carver was accused of shooting 23-year-old William Herd while he was walking through Inman Court on June 3, 2010. He pleaded guilty to the crime May 29, 2012 in Wilson County criminal court and was sentenced to five years in prison with service of four years on probation.
According to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen, officials sought additional federal charges because of the gang-related nature of the crime.
A federal grand jury in Nashville found Carver guilty Oct. 10.
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.
Bowen said he was pleased with the outcome, as Carver had “continued to commit violent crimes in our city since he was a juvenile.”
Democrat digital content director Sara McManamy-Johnson contributed to this report.