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Known gang member gets 40 years for attempted capital murder

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Quinton Gold Hodge, 19, of Dallas, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for Attempted Capital Murder, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis. "Where there is gang activity, there will be crime," added Willis. "Criminal street gangs are not welcome in Collin County and the violent crimes they commit will not be tolerated."

On March 20, 2016, Hodge and an accomplice lured the victim to a residence in Plano through social media. Once the victim arrived at the location, Hodge and his accomplice robbed the victim at gunpoint. The victim gave the perpetrators his property and tried to leave the location on foot. As the victim walked away with his hands in the air, Hodge shot him through the torso. As a result of the gunshot wound, the victim spent three weeks in the hospital and underwent several surgeries to save his life.

Police were able to identify Hodge and his accomplice through social media. Police also discovered that Hodge is a known gang member in the YNB gang from Dallas. Members of the YNB gang have committed several other assaults, robberies and murders in Dallas County.

Plano Police Detective Jonathan Hay investigated the case. Dallas Police Detectives Chris Walton and Eric Barnes assisted Hay with the criminal investigation.   

Hodge pleaded guilty to Attempted Capital Murder on April 25, and the sentencing hearing concluded on Monday, April 30. Judge Mark Rusch presided over the sentencing hearing and assessed punishment at 40 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The accomplice, Robert James Pearson, pleaded guilty in September 2017 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorneys Ashley Keil and Melanie Wiesman prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Michael Bennett.