October 25, 2020

Alleged gang member convicted in Troup County

(Press release courtesy of Herb Cranford, District Attorney, Coweta Judicial Circuit)

(Lagrange, GA) — On December 18, 2019, Tavion Deshawn Harton, a/k/a “Mayhem,” 19, of LaGrange, pleaded guilty to two violations of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, one count of Criminal Attempt to Commit Armed Robbery, and one count of Possession of Firearm during Commission of a Felony.

Harton entered a non-negotiated plea, after which Coweta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge N. Markette Baker sentenced him to serve 15 years in prison, followed by 20 years on probation.

Tavion Deshawn Harton

Assistant District Attorney Jack Winne prosecuted the case. Detective Ley Wynne and Investigator Jarrod Anderson, both of the LaGrange Police Department, conducted the investigation.

The charges arose out of an April 10, 2019 incident on Cox Street in LaGrange. That evening, Harton and an unknown perpetrator knocked on the door of the victim’s residence and asked to come inside his home.

The victim, who was familiar with Harton, allowed them in. Shortly thereafter, Harton brandished a revolver and demanded money from the victim at gunpoint. A physical struggle ensued, during which Harton pointed the handgun at the victim and pull the trigger twice.

Both trigger pulls resulted in misfires. Harton was apprehended that night at the hospital with a wound sustained while fleeing the scene. At the crime scene, detectives recovered parts of the revolver and two rounds of unspent ammunition with primer strikes.

The investigation revealed that Harton was a member of the Sex-Money-Murda Bloods criminal street gang and that these offenses were motivated by his participation in the gang’s activities.

I commend the LaGrange Police Department, which is widely recognized as a leader in our state in combatting the terror inflicted upon local communities by criminal street gangs.

Gang activity, and the inherent senseless violence and reckless disregard for human life that accompanies it, is a cancer on our community. As this prosecution once again shows, removing violent gang members from our community remains a top priority of my office.

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