MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A member of the Native Mob gang in Minneapolis is facing new murder charges after an indictment was filed in Minneapolis Federal Court late last week.
Shawn Michael Martinez was charged with one count of murder resulting from the use and carrying of a firearm in during and in retaliation to a crime of violence, one count of murder in aid of racketeering, one count of retaliation against a witness by murder and one count of witness tampering by murder. Martinez had previously been charged with conspiracy to participate in racketeering, drug and gun charges and witness tampering.
It’s all in connection with the Feb. 26, 2011 death of Jeremee Kraskey. The murder was purportedly committed to keep Kraskey from giving police information and in retaliation to the mistaken belief that he had already given information to police about the gang’s activities.
McArthur and Wuori are also charged with aiding and abetting a gang mission on Aug. 24, 2010, where they allegedly shot at the occupied home of rival drug dealer to try and intimidate him and prevent him from operating on their turf.
A 25th gang member, Jesus Thomas Ali, is also charged with conspiracy to participate in racketeering, conspiracy to use and carry firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence and two counts of possession with intent to distribute. Ali allegedly possess crack cocaine with intent to distribute on April 19, 2005.
On Aug. 11, 2011, he allegedly ordered another gang member to assault someone who had reportedly stolen money from the gang. On Jan. 19 of this year, he told a person they needed to pay the gang $1,500 or he would be beaten daily.
Wakinyon Wakan McArthur and Christopher Lee Wuori are also facing new charges of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. That’s in connection with the March 4, 2010 incident where they allegedly shot a man three times with a .40-caliber handgun while he was holding his 5-year-old daughter.
If convicted, all the defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison.