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Athens gang member transferred to adult jail on his birthday

By Joe Johnson

A purported Athens street gang member was recently transferred from a juvenile detention facility to the county jail on his 17th birthday.

Shakevean Kerin Muckle is one of three alleged members of the Crips gang who Athens-Clarke County police said committed an armed robbery and aggravated assault last year at an eastside apartment complex.

All three alleged gang members were indicted seven months ago for armed robbery, robbery by force, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and 21 counts of criminal gang activity, according to the indictment filed May 28 in Clarke County Superior Court. Roberson was additionally charged with felony fleeing and eluding because while being pursued by police he bailed from a moving vehicle, which subsequently crashed into an apartment building, the indictment states. When, on Nov. 20, 2018, they allegedly stole a cellphone and a pair of pink Air Jordon 60 athletic shoes from an 18-year-old victim at Oak Hill Apartments, the defendants were participating in a gang-related activity, the indictment states.

During the robbery, one of the suspects reportedly shot at the victim, according to the indictment.

Since he was 16 when arrested one day after the incident, Muckle had been held at the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center.

Western Judicial District Attorney Ken Mauldin said that Muckle turned 17 last Wednesday, at which time he was transferred to the Clarke County Jail.

Muckle was also scheduled to be sentenced that day, but the sentencing hearing was continued at the request of his attorney, Mauldin said.

If his case were to go before a jury, prosecutors planned to present social media and cellphone text message evidence of Muckle’s affiliation with the Crips street gang, including “flashing hand signals, brandishing firearms, wearing colors associated with gangs, and associating with other gang members,” according to court records.

Additionally, Muckle in March 2018 admitted in Juvenile Court to two counts of criminal street gang activity and one count of robbery, according to court records.

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