The last of nine boys and men convicted in the 2011 gang rape of a St. Paul girl was sentenced Friday to 30 years’ probation and given credit for the approximately two years he’s served behind bars.
Jim Her, 19, pleaded guilty in May in Ramsey County District Court to aiding and abetting kidnapping and aiding and abetting a crime committed for the benefit of a gang. As a part of his plea, two charges were dropped: aiding and abetting first-degree criminal sexual conduct and conspiracy to commit first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
He could face 6¾ years in prison if he violates terms of his probation.
Her and the other eight defendants were alleged to be members or associates of the True Bloods (TB22), a St. Paul gang known for assaults, burglaries, auto theft and other crimes. In November 2011, the group plotted to get a 14-year-old girl drunk at a house party, drive her to a vacant home in the 200 block of White Bear Avenue in St. Paul and then rape her.
The girl left the house at one point with her female friend, but was dragged back inside, kicking and screaming, while the friend was not paying attention. She was held down and assaulted, but managed to escape after someone in the group apparently yelled that police were coming.
Her’s case dragged on after his co-defendants pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial because he appealed his adult certification. He was 17 when the crime was committed. Her lost his appeal.
Her is convicted of helping with the plot and did not assault the girl. His younger brother pleaded guilty in juvenile court for his role in the crime.
Adult defendants in the case received prison sentences ranging from 3½ to 25 years.