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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Andrew M. Luger
, United States Attorney
Contact: Tasha Terry

Member of 19-Block Dipset Gang Sentenced To 87 Months in Prison for Possession of a Firearm

Martel Javell Einfeldt was prohibited from carrying a firearm due to his lifetime of violent crime

United  States  Attorney  Andrew  M.  Luger  today  announced  the  sentencing  of  MARTEL JAVELL EINFELDT, a/k/a “Peanut,” 26, to 87 months in federal prison, the top of the federal guideline range, for illegally possessing a firearm after having been previously convicted of two felonies in Hennepin County. The defendant, who was indicted on September 16, 2014, entered a guilty plea on January 21, 2015. EINFELDT was sentenced on August 12, 2015, before Judge Susan R. Nelson in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on June 25, 2014, EINFELDT was found in possession of a Smith and Wesson, semi-utomatic pistol. EINFELDT is a confirmed member of the 19-Block Dipset gang, whose members individually and collectively have engaged in patterns of violent criminal activity from 2006 until the present. EINFELDT warned law enforcement that members of a rival gang, the Taliban/Y.N.T. gang, would “get theirs,” for killing Tyrone
Washington in 2013, the leader of the 19-Block Dipset gang. EINFELDT was previously convicted in Hennepin County for aggravated robbery and simple robbery, both felonies.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Steinkamp said: “The defendant has personally suffered for being a member of the 19-Block Dipset. He has been shot twice, in the chest and in the face, lost his half-sister to gang violence, and has predicted he will be dead in three years. Hopefully, this lengthy prison sentence will give the defendant the chance to change the course of his life and prevent his prediction from becoming a reality.”

This case is part of a continuing effort by state and federal law enforcement to focus prosecutive resources on violent gang members who terrorize neighborhoods filled with law abiding, hard working citizens. This case was investigated by the Brooklyn Park Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Assistant United States Attorney David Steinkamp prosecuted this case.

Defendant Information:
MARTEL JAVELL EINFELDT, 26
Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Convicted:
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm, 1 count

Sentenced:

  • 87 months in federal prison
  • Three years supervised release

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