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Federal sentences imposed in Minneapolis carjacking ring that targeted Somali rideshare drivers

Three of four Minneapolis men charged in a violent 2021 carjacking conspiracy that terrorized rideshare drivers in the Twin Cities received federal sentences of just under a decade in prison this week.

The sentences are bringing to a close a case that federal prosecutors say involved a campaign of extreme and "utterly gratuitous" violence that singled out Somali Uber and Lyft drivers and left a lasting toll on its victims. The indictment, announced soon after U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger returned to office in 2022, became an early emphasis of Luger's ongoing focus on prosecuting violent crime in Minnesota.

"The defendants targeted innocent people who were simply doing their jobs," Luger said in a statement Wednesday. "The crimes committed by these four men contributed to the sharp increase in violent carjackings throughout the Twin Cities in recent years and left victims with physical and emotional scars."


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