Skip to main content

Prison sentences for members of St. Paul gang called 'HAM Crazy'

They were involved in street warfare with rival gangs.

Long-serving members of a street gang in St. Paul known as "HAM Crazy" have been handed prison sentences on firearms conspiracy charges.

The six members: Marvell Jefferson, 24, Shelby Ashford Jr., 24, Casey Davis, 24, Phillip Jackson, 23, Nakia Martin, 25, and Pierre Jenkins, 23, were sentenced this week at U.S. District Court in Minneapolis to prison time of up to 5 years.

They have been active members of HAM Crazy since January 2014, during which they have helped the gang protect territory, power and status on the Eastside of St. Paul, using violence and intimidation on rival gangs including the Hit Squad.

These ongoing gang wars have resulted in shootings and killings on both sides, as well as endangering the lives of innocent bystanders with many of the shootings happening at public venues.

As part of this war, the defendants all conspired to illegally obtain at least 12 guns, including some with wiped serial numbers, some that were stolen, or had high-capacity magazines.

Find our latest stories by following BMTN on Flipboard.

They tried to buy, sell and trade these guns through social media.

The prosecution was brought about thanks to work from agencies including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which worked closely with St. Paul police.

"Together, we have made it clear that settling disagreements through gun violence is not welcome in our city—and we will use all available resources to hold accountable those who do engage in these types of activities," St. Paul police chief Todd Axtell said.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 10.24.22 AM

Teen driver crashes into parked payloader; 16-year-old passenger dies

The crash happened early Saturday morning in Waconia.

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 10.10.50 AM

Barrage of gunfire injures boy in Brooklyn Park; vehicles, apartments damaged

Police say they recovered evidence that more than 40 rounds were fired in the shooting.

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 9.15.07 AM

Minnesota Wild back away from thin blue line T-shirt giveaway

The giveaway backfired when word of it reached social media.

Screen Shot 2022-08-13 at 1.26.13 PM

Workers at Minneapolis Trader Joe's become 2nd in nation to unionize

The vote was certified by the National Labor Relations Board Friday.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Driver killed in ATV crash in Brooklyn Park

The crash occurred in Monroe Park Friday night.


Woman killed by suspected drunk-driver in St. Louis County

The crash occurred on Highway 21 in Embarrass Township Friday night.

Jaelyn Campbell

11-year-old girl missing from Mille Lacs County

Jaelyn Campbell was last seen in Onamia.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 1.58.08 PM

2 ejected, 1 killed in crash that closed southbound I-35

The State Patrol says neither were wearing seat belts.

best buy

Best Buy makes job cuts weeks after warning of soft sales

The Richfield retailer has been dealing with a shift in consumer trends.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 10.26.20 PM

Man makes 'vague comments' about Jewish people, smashes own car with club

It happened at a course that was founded as a Jewish country club 100 years ago.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 9.59.07 PM

4 abandoned puppies found in a bucket in Willmar

The puppies were in good health when they were discovered.

Minneapolis police

Suspect of home invasion, murder in Minneapolis arrested in Wisconsin

There have been 57 deaths reported as homicides in Minneapolis this year.


Charges: Biker gang 'Hells Outcasts' assaulted bouncer at St. Paul bar

It followed a dispute over the right to display gang colors on the premises.

Jawan Carroll

Charges: Gang member accused of deadly mass shooting outside club

He's linked to nine of the 10 victims who were struck by bullets.

u.s. attorney's office

Three Native Mob gang members sentenced for meth distribution, assault

The three were sentenced in U.S. District Court Wednesday.

Luis Alfredo Cortez Mendoza

Men charged in shooting that shocked quiet MN community

A woman was shot and left for dead by a member of a drug gang.

Kassim Busuri

St. Paul council member facing accusations of homophobia

Old Facebook posts made by Kassim Busuri have surfaced.