A federal judge last week sentenced Roger Wayne Battle to three consecutive life sentences for his involvement in the killings of Moss James Dixon in November 2007 and Brandon Harris in February 2008.
Battle, 33, of Nashville, is the last of three defendants recently sentenced to prison in the past two months in a case involving nine Vice Lords gang members. The life sentences are to run consecutively for 335 years in prison for 12 other racketeering, weapons and drug conspiracy, and firearms convictions. Battle was sentenced on 57 separate counts.
“Battle directed and ordered the shootings and killings of family members and friends of persons whom he believed were involved in the murder of a fellow Vice Lord gang member,” U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin said. “The sentence imposed on Battle demonstrates the seriousness of these offenses and the commitment of this office and our law enforcement partners to rid such violent criminals from our communities.”
Two other men, Jessie Lobbins and Gary Chapman, were sentenced on May 10 and July 2, respectively. Chapman was sentenced to 215 years in prison on racketeering, conspiracy, gun and drug charges. Lobbins is facing two life sentences for his involvement in the gang.
Federal prosecutors unsealed the indictment against the Vice Lords gang in 2009.
The indictment stemmed from a murder and retaliatory murder between gang factions in 2007 and 2008.