No correctional facility plays around when it comes to contraband on the inside. The state of Georgia doesn’t play when it comes to gang activity. Martin “Sawed Off” Kendall, a leader in the Macon Mafia gang, felt the wrath of the penal system for both of these violations. He pleaded guilty to possessing two cell phones and a metal shank in Bibb County Jail. He also pleaded guilty to violating Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. Yesterday, he was sentenced to 30 years (15 in jail).
Kendall, 34, has been locked up in Bibb County jail since August 2011, when he was arrested for murder. Though he has yet to be indicted for that case, he has racked up several charges while behind bars. Those charges will be thrown out in exchange for his guilty pleas. The murder case is still pending.
The banger in question was found in Kendall’s waistband during a June 30 shakedown. It was his third time being caught with one. The cell phones were also found “on his person,” according to prosecutor Neil Halvorson. According to The Telegraph:
Authorities obtained a warrant to search the phone and discovered a number of text messages, Facebook posts and videos recorded of Kendall while he was incarcerated. One of the videos showed Kendall holding a second phone.
Several of the videos were played in court Tuesday.
Kendall was shown on video wearing a white tank top and white shorts flexing his arm muscles, smoking and talking on the phone, and rolling tobacco or marijuana into cigarettes.
Halvorson said Kendall used the phones to make threats and to issue directions to other gang members.
It was also revealed that 75 percent of the calls were to family and folks unaffiliated with any gangs. Kendall and his defense team argued that he was just doing what he had to do to survive. Kendall has been in segregation because of an alleged hit that the Macon Mafia has out on him. He has allegedly been trying to sever ties to the gang. He said that he used the cell phones because his family could not afford the calls from the jail and he wanted to stay in his young sons’ ears.
DA David Cooke wasn’t having it. “Mobile phones are as deadly a weapon for criminal street gang activity as shanks and handguns,” he said, adding that any gangster that uses weapons in “our jails should expect to graduate to prison.”
Earlier this month, Macon paralegal Stacie Castleberry was arrested for smuggling a phone and other items in to Kendall.