Several members of the group Forever Enduring Always Ready, known as FEAR, were indicted early last week in Liberty County.
Two of those men has an indirect connection with Elbert County.
Randall Dearman reached a plea deal on Tuesday, April 9th with prosecutors in Liberty County.
He was indicted for violating the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, along with his brother Adam Dearman, and other members including Christopher Jenderseck, Timothy Joiner, and Anthony Garner.
Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White explains the Dearman brother’s connection to Elbert County.
“He happened to be in Elbert County when the F.E.A.R. Militia committed the Dec. 5th, 2011 murder, on Dec. 6th he was planning to head back to meet up with them, but on Dec 4th, Dearman and his brother broke into vehicles owned by Jimmy Smith on his property”, said White. “In the middle of the night he heard a noise and observed Dearman’s black Honda Civic.”
He said Smith tried and eventually located Adam Dearman, but then things took a violent turn.
“Mr. Smith realized he was about to be shot and attempted to pull away and drive away from Dearman into a driveway”, said White. “Adam Dearman fired a shot to the back of the van and went through the van door and struck Smith in the lower back.”
Adam Dearman was found guilty on charges of Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.
He was sentenced to twenty years in prison and five years probation on Tuesday in Liberty County, and has also been banned from the Northern Circuit by Judge Jeffery Malcom.