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Two get life without parole in murder

JONESBORO — Two men convicted in a gang murder at a Forest Park motel won’t leave prison outside a pine box.

Kyshawn Williams, 22, of Atlanta and Larry Eugene Lupoe, 27, of Forest Park were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in the shooting death of Tavares Moses, 31. Codefendant Jacobey Sean Carter, 25, of Lithia Springs also got life in prison but he will have the opportunity for parole.

The three were convicted on 19 felonies in November after a jury deliberated about 75 minutes.

Testimony showed that they also robbed three other men in the same room and even went through Moses’ pockets as he lay bleeding from five gunshot wounds.

The crime was set up by three prostitutes who went to the room to talk about a deal for sex but instead took note of the drugs, cash and expensive items inside the room. They reported the stash to their pimp, Lupoe. Lupoe called Carter and Williams, who arrived with guns, masks and guns.

The men entered the room behind the women, who returned ostensibly to complete the sex-for-cash deal, and Williams fired directly into an unarmed Moses. The women had told Williams the man sitting where Moses was had a gun. However, that man — the only one in the room with a gun — had left 10 minutes before the shooting.

After stripping the room of drugs, cash and items, the six fled in a car and headed to a wooded area in Conley where they disposed of a mask and gloves. However, Williams dropped his mask in the motel parking lot and forensic techs got his DNA from it.

The women were identified through their prostitution connection to the victims and they testified against Lupoe, Williams and Carter in exchange for a guilty plea to lesser charges.

The three men were also convicted of participation in gang activity and are suspected members of Pittsburgh Jack City Boys, which refers to a historic working class neighborhood southwest of Atlanta bordered by Metropolitan Parkway, I-75 and I-20.

Some of the crimes connected to the gang include the kidnapping of two attorneys from East Atlanta in 2007, an armed robbery spree in 2010, the 2010 murder of Charles Boyer, a former Clayton County resident and Jonesboro High School graduate, outside a Virginia Highland apartment and the beating of a gay man outside a convenience store.