Tuesday, Septemeber 11, 2012
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Marshall Brian Chandler was sentenced to serve 45 years in prison for kidnapping and aggravated assault after a Madison County jury convicted in him in June following a two day trial.
Guest stated, “The Latin Kings Gang is one of largest and most organized street gangs in the United States and they are seeking to recruit members in Mississippi. However, with the conviction of Chandler and his codefendants, we have dealt a blow to their efforts to expand in central Mississippi.”
On October 17, 2011, Zachariah Henley was attacked by the three gang members while sleeping in his car outside of his girlfriend’s residence in Madison. One of the attackers managed to reach his arm into the backdoor of the car and unlock it while Henley slept.
They drug him out of the car, bound his hands and legs with packing tape and assaulted him. They put Henley in the back of a truck and drove to a desolate area in Rankin County where they stripped Henley naked and held him at knife point. Henley was then violently beaten until he was unconscious.
The three defendants left the scene presuming Henley was dead. Approximately an hour later, Henley regained consciousness and was able to walk more than a mile to a house to seek help. Henley was transported to The University Mississippi Medical Center for treatment. It was determined that Henley suffered broken ribs, a broken arm, facial fractures and also lost several teeth.
At the hospital, the victim spoke to investigators with the Madison Police Department and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department. Henley was able to identify Chandler as one of the gang members that kidnapped and assaulted him. Law enforcement was later able to identify Charles William Higgins and Cory Aaron Wilson as the other two gang members involved in the attack.
During the investigation, Marshall Brian Chandler, Cory Aaron Wilson and Charles William Higgins were arrested.
Wilson pled to aggravated assault and received a 20-year sentence. Seven years was suspended and he will serve the remaining 13 years in prison. As part of his plea Wilson agreed to testify against Chandler during his trial.
Higgins was the leader of the Latin Kings for Central Mississippi, who had fled to Mississippi from Massachusetts to avoid prosecution on assault charges, pled guilty before his trial was scheduled to begin and was sentenced to serve 30 years as a habitual offender for kidnapping.
Guest concluded, “Because of combined investigative efforts of the Madison Police Department and Rankin County Sheriff’s Department we were able to arrest and convict three violent gang members who were calling Mississippi home. This case shows the violence associated with street gangs and why we must continue to work diligently to see that organized street gangs do not invade our community.”
Name: Marshall Brian Chandler
Date of Birth:11/06/82
Address: 1621 Broadhill Drive, Vicksburg, MS