MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The head of the “Beat Down Posse” has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for racketeering.

Joseph Robert Gustafson, 56, of Minneapolis was using his bail bond business as a front, but was really the leader of the gang, which is based in north Minneapolis.

To be found guilty of racketeering, Gustafson also had to be found guilty of kidnapping, second-degree assault, first-degree arson and accessory after the fact after an aggravated assault. He was found not guilty of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

According to a criminal complaint, Gustafson was known to be the leader of the “Beat Down Posse,” a gang that would assault drug dealers and steal their money. Gang members would also burned one property owned by Gustafson for insurance money, and gang members would be assaulted if they didn’t obey orders.

Gustafson will be held in the Hennepin County Jail without bail until his sentencing, which is set for March 1. He could face up to 20 years in prison just for racketeering.

Gustafson’s son, Joseph Robert Gustafson, Jr., is set to go on trial March 5.

Gustafson also received 150 months in prison for kidnapping, assault, arson and accessory after the fact of an aggravated assault, but those sentences will be served concurrently with the 180 months.

Comments (6)
  1. Mabel Hornschlinger says:

    Ida, they should make a new Show!

    1. Mrs. Ida Wendeldorfer says:

      Yes Mabel! Hawaii-5-Oh is all reruns!

      1. What Da Fog says:

        Those Rats don’t deserve Shizzit!111

  2. big banjo says:

    this guy and his entire family are and always have been losers.

  3. Ralph says:

    The biggest bunch of slimeballs on the northside of Minneapolis.

    All the Gustafson boys got in trouble, but none more than Joe’s younger brother Harold. Like Joe’s, Harold’s fists could deliver devastating blows. After one night of drinking in 1976, Harold beat a man so badly that he was left mentally incapacitated, unable to speak or feed himself. At 19, Harold was headed to prison for five years.

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