Gangster Disciples Leader Gets Life Sentence for Murder Conspiracy

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Lesley Chappell Green

High-ranking Gangster Disciples member, Lesley Chappell Green, known as “Grip,” received a life sentence without parole on February 20 for his involvement in a murderous conspiracy leading to the deaths of three Athens, Georgia men. Chief U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell handed down the sentence following Green’s conviction for Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organization (RICO) conspiracy on August 17, 2023.

U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary expressed that no sentence could alleviate the pain inflicted by Green’s actions, emphasizing the Gangster Disciples’ violent nature. Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Jerry Saulters praised the sentence as a message of justice, commending law enforcement’s dedication to the case. Robert Gibbs, Supervisory Senior Special Agent of FBI Atlanta Athens office, emphasized the FBI’s commitment to combatting individuals like Green, aiming to reduce violent crime.

Green’s co-defendants, Philmon Deshawn Chambers, also known as “Dolla Phil,” and Andrea Paige Browner, alias “Drea,” await sentencing on March 20 in Macon. Chambers faces life imprisonment for his offenses, while Browner faces similar consequences. Two other co-defendants, Robert Maurice Carlisle and Shabazz Larry Guidry, pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy and await sentencing on March 22.

Evidence presented during the trial revealed the Gangster Disciples’ involvement in a series of violent acts, including murder. Chambers, identified as having authority within the organization, orchestrated retaliatory attacks following the murder of a gang member in 2018. Browner and Green played significant roles in executing these attacks, targeting individuals they believed were responsible for the initial crime.

The case underscores the efforts of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, which focuses on reducing violent crime through comprehensive solutions and enforcement targeting the most dangerous offenders. The investigation was conducted by the FBI Athens Resident Agency Middle Georgia Safe Streets Gang Task Force, Athens-Clarke County Police Department, and Gwinnett County Police Department.