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March 22, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Jenny Deam
HOUSTON -- A Colorado parolee died after he was critically wounded by North Texas law enforcement at the end of a high-speed chase Thursday , and officials said he is suspected in the killing of Colorado's state prisons chief and a Denver pizza delivery man. The man was identified Friday as Evan Spencer Ebel, 28,  said Susan Gomez, spokeswoman for the Wise County Sheriff in Texas.  Ebel was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth...
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January 27, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
Two leaders in an Ontario street gang were convicted Monday for their part in running what authorities described as a criminal operation responsible for violent crimes and the distribution of narcotics such as meth and heroin in the city, prosecutors said. Armando "Mando" Barajas, 50, and Juan "Nito" Gil, 43, were found guilty by a jury on federal racketeering charges connected with the operation of the Black Angels gang in the San Bernardino County city, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office.  These were the latest in a string of nearly 60 convictions of people linked to the gang, including the gang's enforcers and drug dealers - all stemming from an indictment charging violations of the RICO, or Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations, Act, prosecutors said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2013 | By Sam Quinones, Richard Winton and Joe Mozingo
The trouble began soon after they arrived. The black family - a mother, three teenage children and a 10-year-old boy - moved into a little yellow home in Compton over Christmas vacation. When a friend came to visit, four men in a black SUV pulled up and called him a "nigger," saying black people were barred from the neighborhood, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies. They jumped out, drew a gun on him and beat him with metal pipes. It was just the beginning of what detectives said was a campaign by a Latino street gang to force an African American family to leave.
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October 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A crew chief for the Mexican Mafia prison gang has been captured after fleeing to a rural town in Missouri, authorities said. Albert "Spanky" Amaya is accused of cutting off his GPS ankle device while on probation in San Bernardino County to evade authorities while he tried to relocate.  The 45-year-old Amaya was convicted of extortion in 2008. It was his third felony conviction and he was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison. But under a measure approved by voters last year that allowed "three strikes" inmates to seek re-sentencing, Amaya was released in June to the supervision of the San Bernardino County Probation Department, authorities said.
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July 10, 1987 | IMBERT MATTHEE, Times Staff Writer
State prison officials Thursday cited attacks on two Folsom Prison guards this week as examples of increasingly sophisticated inmate gang activity at the violence-torn prison. The attempted shooting of an off-duty Folsom guard in West Sacramento on Wednesday was the fifth attempt statewide within the last five years to attack a guard off prison grounds, according to Bob Gore, state Corrections Department spokesman. It was the first, however, in which a guard was actually injured, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two reputed associates of the Nazi Low Riders prison gang have agreed to plead guilty in a federal racketeering trial. After eight weeks of trial, a judge accepted their plea agreement Tuesday but barred public release of the details. Joseph Hayes and Jeffrey Langenhorst were the last of a dozen people charged in a 17-count indictment in 2002. All pleaded guilty, including an alleged senior member who in 2003 was sentenced to nearly 23 years in federal prison.
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January 31, 1997 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The star witness in a Mexican Mafia racketeering trial on Thursday explained secretly taped recordings in which the prison gang's reputed leaders allegedly discuss killing rivals for transgressions ranging from failing to pay drug "taxes" to showing disrespect. Former Mexican Mafia leader Ernest "Chuco" Castro spent 17 months working undercover for the FBI after he was arrested in late 1993 on weapons charges.
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October 10, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
He didn't fire the bullet that struck 3-week-old Luis Angel Garcia in the heart as he lay asleep in his stroller in a bustling Los Angeles shopping district. But Juvenal Cardenas Mejia was a longtime gang "tax collector" who helped set up the 2007 shooting that claimed the baby's life. On Thursday, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his part. Mejia, 40, was the last of seven defendants convicted in the shooting near MacArthur Park. "It's been a long time," Deputy Dist.
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February 11, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
A white-supremacist network of up to 800 inmates also includes guards and controls prostitution, drugs and gambling at Ohio's maximum-security prison, a legislative committee alleges. Gov. Richard F. Celeste ordered an immediate and comprehensive investigation of gang activity at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at Lucasville after the House-Senate Correctional Institutional Inspection Committee linked the group to the stabbings of four black inmates.
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June 27, 2006 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
A former officer at the California Institute for Men in Chino was sentenced Monday to 17 1/2 years in prison for helping a white supremacist prison gang known as the Nazi Low Riders assault inmates and distribute drugs. U.S. District Court Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. found that 44-year-old Shayne Allyn Ziska, who worked at the prison from 1984 to 2000, conspired with the gang to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and permitted a member to stab another inmate under the eye.
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October 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
This post has been corrected. Please see the note below for details. A reputed prison gang leader who is accused of cutting his GPS ankle device while on probation in San Bernardino County has been captured after fleeing to Missouri, authorities said Tuesday night. Albert "Spanky" Amaya was validated by state corrections authorities as a crew chief for the Mexican Mafia prison gang, according to the San Bernardino County Probation Department. Amays, 45, was convicted of extortion, his third felony conviction, and sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison in 2008.  But under a voter-approved measure last year that allowed "three strikes" inmates to seek re-sentencing, Amaya was released in June to the supervision of the Probation Department, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
He didn't fire the bullet that struck 3-week-old Luis Angel Garcia in the heart as he lay asleep in his stroller in a bustling Los Angeles shopping district. But Juvenal Cardenas Mejia was a longtime gang "tax collector" who helped set up the 2007 shooting that claimed the baby's life. On Thursday, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his part. Mejia, 40, was the last of seven defendants convicted in the shooting near MacArthur Park. "It's been a long time," Deputy Dist.
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October 10, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A gang "tax collector" who helped set up 2007 shooting in a bustling Los Angeles shopping district that claimed the life of a 3-week-old boy was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Juvenal Cardenas Mejia, 40, was the last of seven defendants convicted in the  shooting near MacArthur Park. "It's been a long time," Deputy Dist. Atty. Victor Avila said this week. "Now, finally the last defendant that participated in this murder is being held accountable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck and Adolfo Flores
A 28-year-old woman whose body was found face down under the Newport Bay bridge was identified Tuesday in a sweeping indictment against more than 100 members or associates of a prison gang accused of running drugs, order beatings and keeping a list of people it wanted killed. Nancy Hammour, whose body was found on Labor Day, had been shot to death, and a Santa Ana man is now being held on $1-million bail in connection with her death. Hammour's name appears in a multi-agency sweep of Mexican Mafia gang members or associates in central Orange County, with the brief notation: “Deceased.” According to the indictment, Hammour sold drugs for a gang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2013 | By Paige St. John
Inmates in at least seven California prisons continued a month-long hunger strike in protest of conditions in solitary confinement, an action state prison officials call a ploy to relax controls on gang activity. The state corrections department Wednesday said 346 inmates were on hunger strike, 200 of them refusing meals since July 8. They are protesting the state's placement of 4,500 inmates in isolation, some of them held there for decades. The court-appointed agency that runs prison healthcare programs said 24 inmates required medical attention, including one at Calipatria State Prison at the far southern edge of the state who was taken to a local hospital for "stabilization.
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August 6, 2013 | By Jeffrey Beard
A few hundred inmates are continuing to take part in a hunger strike in California prisons. Some prisoners claim this strike is about living conditions in the Security Housing Units, commonly called SHUs, which house some of the most dangerous inmates in California. Don't be fooled. Many of those participating in the hunger strike are under extreme pressure to do so from violent prison gangs, which called the strike in an attempt to restore their ability to terrorize fellow prisoners, prison staff and communities throughout California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chief government witness in the federal trial of the Mexican Mafia prison gang took the stand Wednesday to begin testimony that promises to detail the organization's alleged violent activities and the roles prosecutors say the 13 defendants played in the gang.
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August 6, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A notorious prison gang and a Mexican drug cartel were on the brink of forging a powerful alliance as part of an effort to muscle into the Southern California methamphetamine business with an army of street dealers, federal and local authorities confirmed Tuesday. In announcing a pair of indictments, authorities said they were able to disrupt the planned merger between the Michoacan drug cartel and leaders in California's Mexican Mafia prison gang. "This would have opened a superhighway for drugs and guns and given this cartel an exclusive franchise," U.S. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
More than 100 demonstrators gathered at the steps of a federal building in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon in a joint call for social justice in the wake of the not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman and a California state prisoner hunger strike. The protest came a day after more than 50 picketers stood outside the state Capitol and called for Gov. Jerry Brown to take a more active role in the hunger strike, which is entering its fourth week. Some 600 inmates are still refusing to eat. Speakers included ex-convicts, human rights activists and “Lethal Weapon” movie series actor Danny Glover.
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