Amid sobs from some relatives, three more members of the Mexican Mafia were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole after their conviction this year on federal racketeering and conspiracy charges.
A fourth man, Joe "Shakey Joe" Hernandez, 43, received a lighter prison term, 32 years, partly because he is only an associate and not a full-fledged member of the secretive prison gang.
U.S. District Judge Ronald S. W. Lew told Hernandez he was imposing the same sentence that he gave a day earlier to the youngest of the 12 Mexican Mafia defendants who are being sentenced this week. With the lighter sentence, the judge said, Hernandez could be paroled.
Under federal guidelines, Hernandez must serve at least 85% of the 32-year sentence before he can be considered for parole. By that time, relatives said, he will be 70.