Wednesday, 16 February 2011

US Latin Kings gang leader gets 60 years prison

Black and Gold: The Story of the Almighty Latin King and Queen NationAFP: US Latin Kings gang leader gets 60 years prison: "A leader of the Latin Kings gang in the US state of Maryland was sentenced to 60 years in prison for racketeering in connection with his activities with the violent street clan, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
Erick Roman, also known as 'Erick Javier Sierra,' was considered the 'Inca' of the local tribe of the the Latin Kings, a street gang with 'tribes' across the United States that traces its roots to neighborhood protection efforts in the 1940s.
Roman was sentenced Monday in a case in which eight co-defendants have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges.
'As the founder and leader of a Latin Kings tribe in Maryland, Mr Roman orchestrated a series of violent crimes, including a murder, firebombings and robberies,' said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.
'As this case shows, the Justice Department is committed to working with state and local law enforcement to target the leadership of local gangs and make our communities safer.'
Prosecutors said that Roman brought the Latin Kings to Maryland and founded the Royal Lion Tribe. He served as the Inca of the tribe and, in that capacity, sanctioned or ordered numerous violent acts"

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