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Native Mob gang member, two others attack jailers

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

ST. PAUL — Three men, including a member of a powerful and violent Native American street gang, were indicted in federal court Tuesday after attacking corrections officers.

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Ira Lee Goodwin, 26, Michael Scott Luedtke, 25, and Edward McCabe Robinson, 28, were charged with conspiracy and assault for their attack on corrections officers at the Sherburne County Jail, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The men were charged with more serious, federal crimes because the officers  were assisting deputy U.S. Marshals during the attack on Feb. 8.

The officers were allegedly assaulted by the men, who beat jailers with a chair and sprayed them with mace.

One officer suffered a concussion.

Goodwin is in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal RICO charges. He is among a group of nearly 50 members of the Native Mob street gang who were indicted in late January on a litany of charges including racketeering, drug trafficking, assault, robbery and murder.  

Robinson is currently being tried in federal court for arson and murder charges. Both crimes were committed on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Luedtke is awaiting transfer to federal prison, where he will serve 25 years for committing an armed robbery.

   All three remain in custody in the Sherburne County Jail.

If convicted, they face a maximum sentence of 20 years on each assault charge, and five years on charges of conspiracy. 

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