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Gang member sentenced to 25 years

Jessica Cuffman • Nov 22, 2011 at 11:03 AM

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO) A convicted gang member was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday morning.

One of Denarea Swain's attorneys maintained that Swain was only part of a rap group, not a criminal gang, and asked the judge for the minimum sentenced.

But Erie County Common Pleas Judge Roger Binette said that isn't the case, sending a message that Sandusky residents deserve a safe place to live without fear of gang violence.

The 25-year-old’s repeat behavior related to activities with a Sandusky gang, particularly a shooting on Hancock Street in June 2010, earned him a 13-year sentence.

Additional charges earned him another 12 years on top of that in court Monday morning.

Earlier this month, a jury found Swain guilty of engaging in pattern for corrupt activity and participating in a criminal gang.

Jurors found him not guilty of attempted murder and felonious assault related to the Hancock Street shooting incident.

For more on this developing story and on what local officials say about gang violence, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Register.

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