A 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty Thursday to shooting to death another 17-year-old boy after a street fight in St. Paul.
Kelvin D. Nickles was charged in the death of Vince “Mo” Allison, who was ambushed and chased along with several friends by a rival gang and then gunned down in a parking lot on Payne Avenue earlier this month.
Nickles pleaded guilty as charged to second-degree murder and crime for the benefit of a gang. He was certified as an adult and sentenced to 14½ years in prison.
According to the juvenile petition, the shooting was the result of a feud between the Gutta Block and Ham Crazy gangs. The groups had an altercation earlier on July 11 with a group of between 35 and 40 people yelling back and forth and pushing one another in the area. Later that night, a large group of Ham Crazy gang members on Payne Avenue allegedly chased a small number of Gutta Block members, who ran because they were outnumbered. Allison was shot shortly before 10 p.m. in the parking lot of the Salvation Army near Lawson Avenue.
One witness identified by police as a Gutta Block member said he saw Nickles, also known as K-Wild, dressed in black clothing and a black hooded sweatshirt, emerge from an alley. The witness told police he saw Nickles earlier with a gun in the alley. Another witness also identified Nickles as the only person wearing all-black clothing, although no witnesses reported seeing who had the gun at the time of the shooting.
Surveillance video from businesses on Payne Avenue show a large group of people chasing a small group, and only one person dressed in a dark hoodie, who stood in a shooting stance and then appeared to tuck something into his waistband, the charges said.
Nickles admitted to an investigator that he was wearing a dark hoodie and was part of the group running after the smaller group and hearing the gunshot and Allison’s scream.