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Latin King members sentenced in Federal Court for racketeering charges

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Six members of the Latin Kings street gang were sentenced before Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano in the U.S. federal court in Hammond, Ind., last week for racketeering conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney David Capp and Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythill Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Oscar Gonzalez, 23, of Hammond, was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and five years of supervised release after pleading guilty last June of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute cocaine and marijuana.

Martin Anaya, 42, of Chicago, was sentenced to 30 years and five years of supervised release after a jury returned a guilty verdict in September to racketeering and drug conspiracies, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Jason Ortiz, 29, of Chicago, was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison and five years of supervised release after pleading guilty in July to racketeering conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Jermaine Ellis, 23, of Chicago, was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment with five years of supervised release after pleading guilty in October 2010 to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Both Ortiz and Ellis were involved in the shooting deaths of rival gang members in Griffith in February 2007, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Angelo Martinez, Jr., 42, of Chicago, a former officer with the Chicago Police Department, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and five years of supervised release after pleading guilty in December 2011 to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. According to court records, Martinez and another officer committed armed robberies on behalf of a Latin Kings gang member, at times while in uniform and driving police-issued vehicles.

Hiluterio Chavez, 37, of Chicago, was sentenced to 20 years and five years of supervised release after pleading guilty in January 2012 to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said 23 Latin Kings members and associates have been indicted in this case and fourteen have been sentenced. Of the nine remaining, seven have pled guilty, one case was dismissed and one is a fugitive.

Agencies helping in the investigations include the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Gang Targeting, Enforcement and Coordination Center, the National Gang Intelligence Center, the U.S. Immigration and Custom Office of Homeland Security Investigations, the Chicago Police Department, the East Chicago PD, the Griffith PD, the Hammond PD, and the Houston PD.

 

 

Posted 5/28/2013