5 alleged members of gang ‘homicide squad’ convicted in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Five men who prosecutors say were the trigger men for a violent central Ohio gang have been convicted of murder and other charges.

The federal court jury in Columbus found the five — members of a decades-old gang called the Short North Posse — guilty on Thursday following a two-month trial. All face life in prison.

Authorities say indictments in June 2014 began to put an end to the gang’s 25 years or so terrorizing a neighborhood north of downtown Columbus and distributing drugs throughout Ohio.

The five, collectively known as the gang’s “homicide squad,” were convicted of charges that accounted for 10 previously unsolved slayings. They were among the 10 remaining people who refused plea deals with the government. The other five go on trial in July and September.

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