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Georgia 'gang member' sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison, still faces other charges

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Kendaryl Rogers, also known as "Elajuwon Rogers," aged 30 and a resident of Columbus, Georgia, has been sentenced to 71 months (nearly six years) in federal prison for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunitionm per FBI officials.

The U.S. Marshals arrested Rogers in South Carolina while he faced pending murder charges in Georgia, according to the FBI. Being a felon, Rogers was prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.

The FBI stated that the arrest took place on March 11, 2021, at a hotel in Columbia, South Carolina. Rogers, who was on bond for state charges in Georgia, was wanted for numerous felony charges, including malice murder, felony murder, gang-related offenses, firearm-related charges, aggravated assaults, terroristic threats, and battery. When arrested, agents reportedly found Rogers in possession of an American Tactical, Omni Hybrid, Multi-Caliber Pistol, along with a stock and a shell casing catcher. They also discovered marijuana, a loaded magazine with 31 rounds of .223 ammunition, and items suggesting potential criminal activity in his hotel room and car, per FBI officials.

In a statement, the FBI revealed that evidence presented in court included a video on social media where Rogers pointed the firearm at the camera and a recorded jail call where he claimed the gun was brand new. The FBI recovered Rogers' DNA and fingerprints on the firearm. During sentencing, it was revealed that Rogers was a member of a street gang, and social media content obtained through a federal search warrant depicted his involvement with multiple firearms.

Rogers is also still facing pending state charges in Georgia related to shooting incidents and firearm brandishing, FBI officials stated.

United States District Judge Sherri A. Lydon sentenced Rogers to 71 months in federal prison, followed by three years of court-ordered supervision. The case was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, a joint federal, state, and local initiative aimed at reducing violent crime.

The investigation involved the FBI in South Carolina and Georgia, the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force, and assistance from the Columbia Police Department.

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