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January 24, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Thirty-five people, including members of the Mexican Mafia, have been indicted on 52 felony charges involving drugs, weapons and violence, prosecutors announced Friday. Among those indicted by a county grand jury was the purported leader of the Mexican Mafia in San Diego, Jose Alberto Marquez, who was arrested in Tijuana in November by Mexican authorities. The indictments came after an eight-month investigation.
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February 19, 2003 | Zeke Minaya, Times Staff Writer
A former leader of the Mexican Mafia who became a star witness against gang members was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison. Max Torvisco was sentenced in a heavily guarded courtroom in the U.S. District Courthouse in Los Angeles. The public and media were barred. Torvisco's testimony helped produce more than 50 convictions in six trials since his indictment in 1999 as part of the drug syndicate known as "La Eme" (Spanish for "M").
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January 14, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A Mexican Mafia member who became a government witness was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday for racketeering, attempted murder, assault and narcotics conspiracy. Jesus Rochin once served as the Mexican Mafia's chief enforcer at the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail, overseeing beatings and knifings of inmates who ran afoul of the prison-based gang.
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July 13, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A reputed member of the Mexican Mafia was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for his role in a drug-trafficking case that led to the seizure of $35 million worth of cocaine in 1998. Art Romo, 40, pleaded guilty to conspiring to furnish more than 176 pounds of cocaine for drug distributors in Orange County. He is also awaiting sentencing for violating the conditions of his parole on a federal sentence for money laundering, officials said.
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February 5, 2002 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he sits in Orange County Jail awaiting trial on charges of transporting cocaine, it is apparent that Art Romo is a long way from his days as the broker of a peace agreement among gangs. Romo and two other men have been locked up since March 1998. Attorneys in the case say the three will finally be tried next month--maybe.
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January 1, 2002 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For years, the Mexican Mafia leaders in a Northern California state prison who have been called as witnesses in Los Angeles criminal trials have enjoyed a side benefit. They are temporarily held in county jails, where they have recruited new members and carried out violent reprisals against enemies, state and county officials said.
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November 10, 2001 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. attorney's office wrapped up its prosecution of more than 40 accused Mexican Mafia members Friday with a mixed bag of verdicts against five remaining defendants. A federal jury in Los Angeles cleared all five of taking part in a 1998 shooting rampage that left three people dead and two wounded at a Montebello auto body shop. The murders formed the basis of federal racketeering charges carrying a maximum penalty of life in prison.
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March 30, 2001 | DALONDO MOULTRIE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Convicted murderer and Mexican Mafia leader Mariano "Chuy" Martinez will serve life in prison after a jury deciding his fate deadlocked Thursday. Martinez could have been the first person to be sentenced to death in federal court in Los Angeles in 50 years. But the jury deciding his fate split 7-5 in favor of death, resulting in U.S. District Judge David O. Carter's declaring a hung jury.
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March 28, 2001
Jurors told a federal judge Tuesday that they were deadlocked on whether to sentence convicted murderer and Mexican Mafia leader Mariano "Chuy" Martinez to death. U.S. District Judge David O. Carter sent the jury home but asked that the members continue deliberations today, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office. For Martinez to be put to death, all 12 jurors must agree on that sentence. Martinez, 42, was found guilty Feb.
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February 28, 2001 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal jury that convicted Mexican Mafia leader Mariano Martinez two weeks ago on charges of murdering three people and ordering hits on eight others reassembled Tuesday to decide whether he should live or die. As the penalty phase of Martinez's trial got underway in Los Angeles, the jury of six women and six men heard somber statements about the death penalty from a U.S. Justice Department prosecutor and the defendant's court-appointed lawyer.
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