ATLANTA -- Five local members of the Sureños, or Sur 13, street gang were sentenced Tuesday on carjacking and firearms charges.
All five defendants pleaded guilty to the charges last December.
"Gang crime strikes a particular fear in communities because of its unpredictable and violent nature," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "These gang members went on a weekend-long armed robbery crime spree that spread across Metro Atlanta and included at least seven carjackings or attempted carjackings, the robbery of a small grocery store and several pedestrian robberies."
Each of the defendants will spend several years in prison.
* Pedro Barrera-Perez, 30, of Stone Mountain was sentenced to 24 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a payment of $19,272 in restitution.