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Jersey City Gang Member Sentenced to 7.5 Years for Violent Assault

Jersey City

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Sheldon Mays, a 23-year-old known gang affiliate with the alias "Thottie," has been handed a 7.5-year prison sentence following a brutal gang-related assault in Hudson County, New Jersey.

The announcement came from U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger earlier today.

Mays, a resident of Jersey City, had previously admitted his guilt before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty for his involvement in the assault, which was charged as assault with a dangerous weapon – specifically a knife – in support of racketeering.

The judgment was declared on September 18, 2023, in the Newark federal court.

Based on court statements and submitted documents, Mays, alongside seven accomplices linked to the Curries Woods Public Housing Complex street gang in Jersey City – identified by names such as "Curries Woods," "Tay Tay Shrimp Gang," and "Sharks" – ambushed a rival gang member on August 3, 2020.

This assault was an act of vengeance for a prior gang-motivated attack.

As the targeted individual walked along a Jersey City street, Mays and his group encircled him with two vehicles, alighting to deliver a brutal beating that involved punches, kicks and a stabbing delivered by Mays.

The victim sustained severe, life-threatening injuries from the encounter.