California gang founder sentenced for killing drug dealer

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — The founder of a Northern California street gang told a court “you win some, you lose some” and congratulated an investigator as he was sentenced to life for killing a drug dealer.

The East Bay Times ( ) says 43-year-old Coby Phillips was sentenced Friday in Martinez to 100 years to life in prison.

Authorities say Phillips founded an Irish-American gang and made hundreds of thousands of dollars a year selling methamphetamine.

Phillips was convicted of shooting Darryl Grockett, an Aryan Brotherhood drug dealer, in 2004. Authorities say Phillips believed Grockett planned to rob two men who supplied Phillips with meth.


One of those men was convicted in 2012 of murder in connection with the killing.

Phillips has denied killing Grockett.

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