- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The government says four alleged gang members killed a man in an Ohio robbery to bolster their position in the gang.

A grand jury charges the four alleged members of the central Ohio Short North Posse with shooting Marschell Brumfield during a home invasion in 2007 in Columbus.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday that the four men have been charged with murder and violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity. They also face other gang-related charges.

U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart says committing acts of violence was part of gaining respect in the Short North Posse.

Prosecutors say the gang, dating to the 1990s, distributed drugs including crack cocaine throughout Ohio and in other states, and recruited individuals from elsewhere to join the gang’s operations in central Ohio.

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