Skip to comments.Queens MS-13 gang leader sentenced to life in prison for racketeering and murder
Posted on 03/14/2010 12:42:18 AM PST by Cindy
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March 10, 2010
Queens MS-13 gang leader sentenced to life in prison for racketeering and murder
NEW YORK - The leader of a Queens chapter of the international street gang La Mara Salvatrucha, more commonly known as "MS-13," was sentenced March 10 to life imprisonment for racketeering conspiracy, including the acts of murder and attempted murder; murder in-aid-of-racketeering; and using a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.
A federal jury in Brooklyn convicted Amilcar Gomez, 26, on April 3, 2009, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with assistance from the Queens County District Attorney's Office, the New York City Police Department, and the New York City Department of Probation.
The sentenced was announced by Benton J. Campbell, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent in Charge James T. Hayes Jr.
As established during the trial, Gomez was the leader of the Jamaica, N.Y., chapter of MS-13 and engaged in a series of violent crimes in Jamaica, including murder, attempted murder, and robbery. Gomez was convicted of the gang-related murder of Pedro Martinez on March 1, 2003, on 149th Street in Jamaica. The government's evidence established that Gomez and two other MS-13 gang members stabbed Pedro Martinez to death, and that fellow MS-13 gang members stabbed and killed Martinez's brother, Eduardo Leason, moments earlier.
"Gomez's life sentence sends a clear message that gang violence and all of its accompanying destructive conduct will not be tolerated," said James T. Hayes, Jr., special agent in charge of the ICE office of Investigations in New York. "ICE and our law enforcement partners are dedicated to finding and arresting transnational gang members who prey on members of their own community."
Gomez was also convicted of the gang-related attempted murder of a teenager on Sept. 15, 2001, near P.S. 217 Junior High School, also in Jamaica, Queens.
MS-13 is one of the largest transnational street gangs in New York City. MS-13 engages in systematic criminal activity, including murder, robbery, narcotics trafficking, and extortion. Over the past five years, joint investigations by ICE with the United States Attorney's Office, the FBI, and the NYPD have solved multiple murders committed by MS-13 members on Long Island and in New York City, and resulted in felony convictions of more than a dozen MS- 13 leaders and 120 MS-13 soldiers.
The government's case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jason Jones, Carter Burwell and Marshall Miller.
This investigation was conducted as part of Operation Community Shield, ongoing national ICE effort to target foreign-born violent gang members. As part of this initiative, ICE partners with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to target the significant public safety threat posed by transnational street gangs. Partnerships with local law enforcement agencies are essential to the initiative's success, and they help further ensure officer safety during the operations.
Since ICE began Operation Community Shield in February 2005, more than 15,600 gang members belonging to more than 900 different gangs have been arrested nationwide. More information on the National Gang Unit at ICE is available at: www.ice.gov.
The public is encouraged to report suspicious activity by calling ICE's toll-free hotline at: 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock.
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I’m beginning to think that states that don’t have the death penalty, which Gomez would be subject to otherwise, should have the option of a life sentence in solitary. If this character gets in with the general population, he will only expand gang activity within whatever prison he’s sent to. I would think that looking to a life of solitary confinement would kill anyone pretty damned fast.
“The public is encouraged to report suspicious activity by calling ICE’s toll-free hotline at: 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock. “
Yeah I’m sure they’ll respond. Two women were raped and nearly killed not too far from my home by two guys ICE previously refused to detain. Both were already charged with felonies.
I agree, although it wouldn’t kill him.
Voiding capital punishment convoluted with prisoner rights and we’ve festered an institutional contagion catalyzing gang formation with more degenerate criminals.
Placing a gang leader in prison vice capital punishment gives him unfettered access to his ideal manpower resources he seeks to further the gang empire in and out of prison.
We end up harboring the gang instead of sinking it.
Meanwhile Brentwood, a suburban town thirty odd miles east, has been averaging a gang murder a night the last couple of weeks...
The Death sentence is the only reasonable alternative in cases like this.
Dang - I lived there for a couple of years about 50 years ago.
No, don't think so. I'm 99.5% positive for a Federal 'Life' Sentence'
Federal sentencing is 180o different than the state where 'Life' really means 25 years, and out in 12½ for 'good behavior' with that 'one day for day' nonsense.
With a Federal Sentence of say 30 years, your have to serve, iirc 80% of that time, or 24 yrs, before you're even eligible for parole. And there's no way to determine what 80% of a lifetime is. So .... iirc, he's in for good.
I do know that sometimes in a Fed Sentence, like with Gambino gangster John Gotti, he got 'Life Without Parole'. That's why I'm not 100% positive with a regular Federal 'Life' sentence ;-)
“Im beginning to think that states that dont have the death penalty, which Gomez would be subject to otherwise, should have the option of a life sentence in solitary. If this character gets in with the general population, he will only expand gang activity within whatever prison hes sent to. I would think that looking to a life of solitary confinement would kill anyone pretty damned fast.”
Our government has agreements with most Latino countries to NEVER execute ons of their citizens. The death penalty is only for USA citizens...how’s that for ‘equity’ under the law?
These gangbangers know they won’t be held to account, and that’s why they just keep coming, while being provided cover in our ‘sanctuary cities’ run by dimbulbed liberals. They have active cells in 250 USA cities, not to mention control over our national parks and forests to grow dope plantations and burn down the forests, as they did last year in California’s 88,000 acre La Brea fire.
Can he be hung?
The death penalty needs to be reinstated nationwide so we can quickly execute people like this. They are a burden on our country.
“Can he be hung?”
Who cares whether he is hung? Whether he is or not he should be hanged.
Works for me.
Who cares whether he is hung? Whether he is or not he should be hanged.
Ha ha Ha ha
Over the line, Smokey, over the line.
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