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Gang decimated in Baton Rouge

2 years ago May 03, 2013 May 3, 2013 Friday, May 03 2013 Friday, May 03, 2013 5:04:43 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- The gang known as the "Get Off Boys" are off the streets of Gardere after three separate sentencing phases for members of the street group.

Most of the members of the gang are in middle school.

"This is a young group, we don't feel like they had escalated to the point of being one of our more dangerous groups, but age definitely played a big part in our ability to get in and disassemble this group," said Curtis Nelson, the prosecutor for the cases.

The teens were charged with various crimes including robbery, criminal street gang activity, and accessory to robbery.

One teen was allowed probation with several stipulations. Another teen could face additional jail time because he was charged with stealing a car. The third teen was allowed a few more weeks before sentencing because he joined the BRAVE program.

"Members are reaching out to the BRAVE project and they're asking for help, so it's hopeful," said Nelson.

The mother of the teen, who was charged with criminal gang activity, is glad her son will get a second chance.

"I didn't know gangs existed and I never thought that my son would be in a gang, but I'm glad that he has a second chance and I'm glad that he's willing to participate," said the mother.

The teen could face jail time if he doesn't perform well in the BRAVE program.

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