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Two Convicted In 2009 Gang-Related Murder

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DeAndre Rucker DeAndre Rucker
Quincy Sharpe Quincy Sharpe
Demetrius Riley Demetrius Riley

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two men have been convicted in a 2009 gang-related murder in North Nashville.

DeAndre Rucker and Quincy Sharpe were convicted Thursday of first-degree pre-meditated murder in a Davidson County Criminal Court. Officials with the District Attorney General's office said the conviction carries an automatic life sentence.

The two were convicted in the shooting death of 27-year-old Demetrius Riley. The murder occurred on October 8, 2009 when the victim was walking to his mother's house on Richmond Hill Drive.

According to detectives, a friend was walking with Riley when Sharpe ran up behind the two men and shot him. Sharpe reportedly continued shooting the victim after he had fallen to the ground. The friend was not injured in the shooting.

Officials said testimony at the trial revealed Rucker ordered Sharpe to shoot Riley in order to gain status within a gang. The two men reportedly had driven past the victim just prior to the shooting. Investigators said Rucker dropped Sharpe off at the location and picked him up after the murder.

Detectives said Rucker and Riley had been in jail together at the same time several years earlier. According to investigators, there was no indication Sharpe, who was 17-years-old at the time, knew the victim.

Both men would not be eligible for parole until 2064.

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