Defendants were 13, 14, and 16-years-old at the time of the incidents
Atlanta—Today, September 10, 2019, Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces the GUILTY PLEAS, in Fulton County Superior Court, of 16-year-old DE’QUANDRE WEAVER, 18-year-old TYYNEEFAH WELLS, and 15-year-old ANTHONY CLEVELAND for the violent armed robberies of (2) pizza delivery drivers.
Today, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kevin Farmer sentenced Wells, Weaver, and Cleveland following their guilty pleas in this case.
- Weaver: 20 years to serve
- (Armed Robbery, Hijacking a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault with Intent to Murder, Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Simple Battery)
- Wells: 15 years to serve 8 years
- (Robbery, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault with Intent to Murder, Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Battery)
- Cleveland: 15 years to serve 4 years
- (Robbery, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Battery)
On July 6, 2017, 16-year-old Tyyneefah Wells called Marco’s Pizza in College Park for a delivery to an abandoned home along Smoke Ridge Drive. When the driver, 20-year-old King Melton arrived, he was attacked by Wells and 14-year-old De’Quandre Weaver. Melton tried to get away from the teens as they attempted to steal his car at gunpoint, but he was shot once in the arm, hip, and penis. Melton was critically injured but still managed to escape in his vehicle while the teens fled the scene. The following day, on July 7, 2017, Wells called Papa John’s Pizza for a delivery to a home along Buckhurst trail. When the driver, 31-year-old Felicia Evans arrived, a gun was pressed to the back of her head. Wells, Weaver, and 13-year-old Anthony Cleveland punched Evans in the face, stole her wallet, and fled in her vehicle. The teens were later arrested when police located the stolen car. Wells, Weaver, and Cleveland are all members of a prominent Atlanta street gang in South Fulton County.
The link below contains a cell phone video captured by De’Quandre Weaver shortly after the shooting of Mr. Melton. This video was presented in open court. Be aware it contains inappropriate language and content that may be offensive to some. The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office purposely deleted the use of the “N” word as its use will not be disseminated in any form by our office.
https://vimeo.com/359149269 Password: Weaver
“District Attorney Howard has reminded people over and over again that gang activity involving juveniles is a serious issue in our community. It is impacting our high schools, our middle schools, our elementary schools, and it is spreading amongst male and female students as evidenced by this case. It is the hope of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office that community partners will join with us as we fight to stop this growing epidemic.”
Deputy District Attorney
Gangs and Guns
Fulton County District Attorney’s Office
Judge Kevin Farmer, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Assistant District Attorney Danielle Douglas led the prosecution of the case. She was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Rives Hiles, Investigator Tiffany Griffin, and Victim-Witness Advocate Patricia Cardoso of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Fulton County Police led the investigation of this case.