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Member of Highs gang given nearly 20-year sentence in federal racketeering case

A member of a prominent Minneapolis street gang received a sentence of nearly 20 years in federal prison Wednesday as part of the government's ongoing campaign targeting gang, gun and drug crimes in the Twin Cities.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Brasel sentenced 32-year-old Montez Brown to more than 19½ years before issuing a scathing rebuke of the decadeslong violence she described as plaguing north Minneapolis and surrounding communities.

"This is the end of the line," Brasel said, pointing out that Brown refused to turn away from gang activity after two previous state prison terms. "Prison is the only tool that I have, and being lenient here will deter no one."


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