Murder Charges in Native Mob Case

Mary Annette Pember
7/26/12

Native Mob gang member Shawn Michael Martinez, also known as “Tinez” has been charged in the murder of fellow Mob gang member Jeremee Jon Kraskey according to a new federal indictment.

The superseding indictment expands on original charges filed earlier this year charging 24 alleged Native Mob gang members with conspiracy to participate in racketeering and other crimes. Currently 25 defendants are being charged and now include Jesus Thomas Ali, who is charged with conspiracy to participate in racketeering.

Both indictments allege that the defendants conspired to conduct crimes through an enterprise, the Native Mob, in violation of the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the primary objective of the enterprise is to preserve, protect, promote, and enhance the Native Mob’s power, territory, and financial gains.

According to the indictment, the Native Mob originated in Minneapolis in the early 1990s; membership is estimated at about 200. Gang turf has included areas in and around Minneapolis, Duluth, Leech Lake, White Earth and Mille Lacs reservations in Minnesota.

Filed on July 19, 2012 in the U.S. District Court of Minneapolis, the latest indictment document is 53 pages long and provides chilling detail of the Mob’s organizational acumen and ruthlessness in protecting their turf.

The gang met regularly in monthly “council” meetings during which they planned their crimes that included drug trafficking from crack cocaine to ecstasy, assault and murder.

Members regularly planned “missions,” to shoot at occupied homes of rival drug dealers and assault or kill real or imagined police informants.

The gang stockpiled weapons for use and distribution to gang members, collected money for fellow members who were incarcerated and were in the process of redoing the gang’s signature black and red logo when they were arrested.

Earlier this year Indian Country Today Media Network, reported details of the initial indictment as well as the story of Jeremee Kraskey, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Minnesota Ojibwe, who was murdered in South Minneapolis on February 26, 2011. He had told his family that he was a member of the Native Mob. Although the murder was not included in the first indictment, his family believed at the time that fellow Native Mob gang members killed him.

His family did not wish to comment on the current indictment, which states among the numerous other charges against Mob members, that Martinez, “with malice aforethought, unlawfully killed a human being, to wit Jeremee Kraskey, willfully, deliberately, maliciously and with premeditation.”

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the murder of Kaskey was committed to keep him from offering law enforcement information and in retaliation for a mistaken belief that he had already provided information to law enforcement about the gang’s activities.

State, local, federal and tribal law enforcement officers participated in building the case.

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