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Three members of Cleveland’s violent JPark gang plead guilty to shooting rival

June 16, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Three members of Cleveland’s violent JPark gang plead guilty to shooting rival

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Three members of a Cleveland street gang known as JPark are heading to prison after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the shooting of a member of a rival gang.

Martell Taylor, 19, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to participating in a criminal gang and two counts of felonious assault.

Martez Powell, 19, was sentenced to seven years in prison. He pleaded guilty to participating in a criminal gang and one count of felonious assault.

Jonte Ervin, 19, was sentenced to six and a half years in prison. He pleaded guilty to participating in a criminal gang and one additional count of aggravated assault.

According to a statement from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, the three men met at a restaurant in Warrensville Heights on Jan. 12, 2015 and planned an attack on a member of another gang known as the ATMJackboyz.

That same night, just before midnight, they fired shots into a home on East 158th Street. They hit the 18-year-old man they were targeting in the leg and the side. The man survived. The man’s brother and parents also home were at the time, but were not injured.

Assistant county prosecutor Brad Meyer said in the statement the neighborhood is safer with the three men in prison.

The indictment charging the men states their gang operated between January 2009 and January of this year by the former Jamison Elementary School and the nearby Garwon Park at 136th Street and Harvard Avenue. The indictment lists several other names for the gang, including “Money Business Stuntin’,” “H-Block,” “Harvard-side Hitters,” “Park S— Only,” and “Parkboys.”

The indictment also states that members of the gang went on “missions” to rob and assault people as a way to make money for the gang and establish gang territory. Members would wear affiliated clothing, but the indictment states that any non-gang members caught wearing gang clothing could be hurt or killed.

Many members also had tattoos affiliated with the gang, and would “commonly use hand signs to identify themselves as members of the JPark Criminal Gang,” the indictment states.

In an interview, assistant prosecutor Lindsay Raskin described the gang as “the single most violent” in the city’s 4th police district. “This was the first time we had a significant blow to the gang,” he said.

Another member affiliated with the gang, Demetrius Keith, is awaiting trial on charges that he killed a member of the ATMJackboyz gang.

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