Last 3 accused Ohio gang members reject pleas, head to trial


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The final three defendants accused of crimes committed as members of a violent central Ohio gang have rejected plea deals and will go to trial.

The decision means the defendants gave up negotiated sentences of between 30 and 35 years for the possibility of life in prison if convicted.

The members of the Short North Posse turned down federal prosecutors’ offer during a hearing in federal court Thursday in Columbus.

Instead, DeShawn Smith, Lance Reynolds and Johnathan Holt will go on trial Sept. 26. The Columbus Dispatch reports attorneys for the three declined to comment after the hearing.

The three faced racketeering charges related to slayings in 2008 and 2010.

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