D.A.: Gang leader pleads guilty to attempting to murder man


A guilty plea was entered Monday in a gang-related Upson County case in which prosecutors say the gang leader put a hit on a man’s life.

According to a press release issued by the Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, Angelina Garcia, the leader of the Blood Diamond Kartel of the Donald Gee Family Blood Gang, pled guilty to orchestrating and ordering the attempted murder of the victim, Ectaveia Bryant.

Garcia was sentenced by Judge W. Fletcher Sams to 20 years to serve followed by 20 years on probation. She is banished from the Griffin Judicial Circuit, and she is to have no contact with any witness or any known gang member.

Authorities say Garcia, who is also known as Donna Hitta, travelled from the Atlanta area to Thomaston with other Donald Gee Family Blood Gang members, where they lured the victim to a field in the city limits of Thomaston.

Prosecutors say Garcia ordered the hit, and at her direction, a co-defendant shot the victim in the back five times, but thankfully, Bryant survived.

The apprehension of all involved parties before they left town is attributed to the swift response of Thomaston Police Department personnel.

“The Thomaston Police Department and the Upson County District Attorney’s Office worked tirelessly to prosecute this case,” the release stated. “Together, we devoted countless hours of preparation and resources. We would like to thank the Upson County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the case. This was truly a team effort.
May this serve as a message to those gang members that try to infiltrate our community. The Thomaston Police Department, the Upson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Upson County District Attorney’s Office will work together, diligently, to prevent any future acts of this nature in our community.”


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