ATLANTA — A former Georgia police officer and member of the Gangster Disciples was sentenced to 15 years in prison for racketeering conspiracy involving murder, federal prosecutors in Atlanta announced Monday.
Vancito Gumbs, 28, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, will also be subject to five years of supervised release.
According to a news release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, Gumbs was recorded by federal agents informing gang leaders by telephone about law enforcement activity. He was a DeKalb County officer at the time of the recordings and was convicted for his involvement with the Gangster Disciples in May 2019.
U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak stated in the news release that Gumbs' “disregard for his sworn duty as a police officer, betrayal of the public’s trust, and disregard for human life warrants the significant sentence he received in this case.”
According to the DOJ, Gumbs was a self-professed “hitman” for the Gangster Disciples while simultaneously serving as a police officer and, at one point, provided a firearm to a fellow gang member.
Evidence at trial showed that the Gangster Disciples were responsible for 24 shootings, including 12 murders, between 2011 and 2015, the DOJ stated.
- The Associated Press contributed to this report.