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Associated Press, Published March 21 2012

Prosecutors: Conviction ends reign of 'Beat Down' gang

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in Hennepin County say the conviction of a gang leader ends the reign of the so-called "Beat Down Posse."

Joseph Duane Gustafson Jr. was convicted Tuesday for his role in a family bail bonds business that prosecutors say was actually a front for a criminal gang that terrorized north Minneapolis. Two weeks ago, Gustafson's father was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors say the father and son ran the gang that robbed, beat and stole at their direction.

Authorities say gang members would enter homes by saying they were searching for a bail jumper, then would beat and rob its occupants. The Star Tribune says a Hennepin County jury found the younger Gustafson guilty of 11 charges, including making terrorist threats, kidnapping and drug trafficking.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.