Skip to comments.MS-13 GANG MEMBER PLEADS GUILY TO RACKETEERING CONSPIRACY
Posted on 11/10/2007 6:39:51 AM PST by radar101
Participated in the Murder of One Girl and the Shooting of Another
GREENBELT, M.D. James Guillen, also known as Toro, age 21, of Hyattsville, Md., pleaded guilty today after the jury was selected to conspiracy to conduct and participate in racketeering enterprise activities of an MS-13 gang, announced U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division.
"We will continue to coordinate our efforts and use all available tools to combat violent gangs," said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the plea agreement, La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, is a gang composed primarily of immigrants or descendants of immigrants from El Salvador, with members operating throughout Prince Georges County, Md., Montgomery County, Md., and elsewhere. MS-13 is a national and international criminal organization with approximately 10,000 members.
MS-13 is organized in cliques, including the Sailors Locos Salvatruchos Westside, the Teclas Locos Salvatruchos and the Langley Park Salvatruchos (LPS). In June 2004, Guillen was jumped-in to the gang and received the gang name of Toro. Guillen was a member of the LPS clique.
On June 1, 2004, Guillen and other MS-13 members confronted individuals who they perceived to be rival gang members. Montgomery County Police were called to the scene and recovered a butterfly knife from Guillens vehicle.
At some time prior to Oct. 25, 2004, Guillen attended a meeting of the LPS clique in Prince Georges County, Md., in which clique leaders discussed their belief that Nancy Diaz was providing information to a rival gang and needed to be killed. On Oct. 25, 2004, Guillen drove two other MS-13 members, Ms. Diaz and another juvenile female in his car, and dropped them off at the George Washington National Cemetery, knowing that the MS-13 gang members planned to kill the two girls.
The other MS-13 members shot and killed Nancy Diaz. They shot the other girl in the face and stabbed her twice in the chest to attempt to make sure she was dead, then left the scene. On Aug. 25, 2005, Guillen was arrested in connection with the racketeering, murder and assault charges.
Special Agent in Charge Gregory K. Gant of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stated, We are committed to putting violent gang members behind bars, so that we can ensure the citizens of Maryland receive the safety and security they deserve.
Glenn F. Ivey, States Attorney for Prince Georges County stated, This guilty plea shows that continued cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement goes a long way towards eliminating the menace of MS-13.
Guillen faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for January 11, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Guillen remains in federal custody.
To date, this office has charged 48 gang members with various federal offenses, with 31 defendants charged in this RICO conspiracy case. Fifteen MS-13 gang members have been convicted thus far in this RICO conspiracy case. Two MS-13 gang members were convicted at trial in November 2006 of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and conspiracy to commit assaults with a deadly weapon. Oscar Ramos Velasquez, age 22, of Baltimore, was sentenced to 37 years in prison and Edgar Alberto Ayala, age 29, of Suitland, Md., was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Three MS-13 leaders were convicted at trial in April 2007 on all counts of the racketeering conspiracy involving murder, robbery, obstruction of justice and witness tampering. Henry Zelaya, age 20, and Omar Vasquez, age 28, were sentenced to life in prison and Jose Hipolito Cruz, age 28, of Lanham, Md., was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Ten other defendants have pleaded guilty.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the RAGE Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Prince Georges County Police Department; the FBI; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the Montgomery County Department of Police; the Howard County Police Department; the Maryland National Capital Park Police; the Maryland State Police; and the Fairfax County, Va. Police Department.
Mr. Rosenstein thanked the Prince Georges County States Attorney Glenn F. Ivey and Montgomery County States Attorney John McCarthy for the assistance that they and their offices provided.
Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys James Trusty and Chan Park, and Trial Attorney David Jaffe, a prosecutor for the Justice Departments Gang Squad, who prosecuted the case.
I'm guessing Toro never sees 23.
Dane say’s they are here just here trying to make an honest living.
Without his efforts there would probably be no MS-13 in the US.
Dane is FR's resident postergirl for puting Mexico's poor ahead of our own.
As a resident of PG County, I’m happy they got TWO of the gangsters. Now if they can get the other 2000 in PG, I’ll be even happier.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Thank you President Bush.
His name doesn’t seem to fit the profile.
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