A member of a neighborhood street gang in Hudson County has been sentenced to 90 months in prison for stabbing a rival gang member during a retaliatory assault in 2020.

23-year-old Sheldon Mays, a.k.a. "Thottie," of Jersey City had previously pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon (knief) in aid of racketeering.

Federal authorities say on August 3rd, 2020, Mays and seven others, all of whom are associated with a street gang operating in and around the Curries Woods Public Housing Complex in Jersey City -– identified as “Curries Woods” or the “Tay Tay Shrimp Gang” or the “Sharks” –- assaulted a rival gang member in retaliation for a prior gang-related assault.

As the victim was walking down a street in Jersey City, Mays and the others approached in two cars, parked in the middle of the street, and violently assaulted the victim, who was punched, kicked, and stabbed by Mays, and suffered life-threatening injuries.

In addition to the prison term, Mays was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.

This investigation was conducted as part of the Jersey City Violent Crime Initiative, which was formed in 2018 to combat violent crime in and around Jersey City.

As part of this partnership, federal, state, county, and city agencies collaborate to strategize and prioritize the prosecution of violent offenders who endanger the safety of the community.

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