Melph Mafia gang member sentenced on drug and weapons charges

Published: Dec. 9, 2015 at 4:19 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2015 at 4:21 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man who prosecutors say was a part a deadly street gang, was sentenced to a possible 40 years prison at federal court today.

Jacobi Boyd, a member of the Young Melph Mafia gang was sentenced after pleading guilty to illegal drug and firearms charges.

Boyd pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs and one count of conspiracy to use firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking activities.

Prosecutors say Boyd was involved dealing cocaine over several years and carried weapons for protection.

The Young Melph Mafia gang Boyd was associated with is named after the Melpomene Housing projects where the gang was created and based.

It was a dangerous organization prosecutors say is responsible for numerous murders including the May 2013 shooting death of Travis Thomas and shooting of another man. Thomas was shot to death May 6, 2013 on I-10 near the Metairie Road exit.

While Boyd himself wasn't named as the shooter, prosecutors say his involvement was enough for the hefty sentence.

Attorneys asked the judge to impose a sentence that would give Boyd hope to see his 6-year-old son again. Judge Kurt Engelhardt handed Boyd 40 years for on the drug charge and 20 years on the firearms charge.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Boyd will be remanded to the St. Charles Parish correctional center. The Federal Bureau of Prisons will decide where Boyd will serve his time.

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