A Charlotte gang leader will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted in a fatal shooting, according to prosecutors.
A jury found Marco Davis, 39, guilty on Friday of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the 2009 killing.
Superior Court Judge Robert Sumner sentenced Davis to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder charge. He also will serve a consecutive sentence of up to 29 years on the conspiracy charge, according to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office.
In a release, the District Attorney’s Office said Childress was a gang leader who conspired with others to have 23-year-old Palo Childress killed.
Childress’ body was found in a small wooded area behind the Shamrock Gardens apartments on Aug. 10, 2009.
Police initially said they believed robbery was a motive in the death.
But a spokesman later said that Childress was a gang member who was killed by members of another gang.
Davis was one of four people charged in connection with Childress’ death.