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Feared Chicago Gangster Cried In Court After Being Sentenced to 40 Years

April 21, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feared Chicago Gangster Cried In Court After Being Sentenced to 40 Years

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Saul Rodriguez, known as one of Chicago’s most feared criminals had sobbed in court like a child on Friday before he was given a 40-year prison sentence for heading up a ruthless crew of kidnappers.

Rodriguez received the maximum penalty faced under a deal with prosecutors. U.S. Attorneys have said Rodriguez, 39, was responsible for the murders of three people, including his best friend.

Saul Rodriguez above right, conspired with crooked Narcotics Cop Glenn Lewellen to kidnap  Pedro Flores bottom left,

Saul Rodriguez conspired with crooked narcotics officer Glenn Lewellen, to kidnap Pedro Flores bottom left

Rodriguez wiped away tears as he cried in court for over 10 minutes. He proceeded to apologize to his victims and his family. “I don’t want to do bad no more,” Rodriguez proclaimed. Rodriguez told the court he discovered God in prison and intends on becoming an ordained minister while he serves his sentence.

His defense attorneys argued for the minimum of 30 years in prison. However, U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall said doing so would be a disservice to the victims.

Prior to his sentencing, the sister of one of the murder victims pleaded to the judge to hand down the harshest prison term possible. Angelica Luevano said Rodriguez faked mourning her brother Juan Luevano during his June 2000 funeral. Rodriguez gave the order to murder Luevano because he dated Rodriguez’s ex-girlfriend, according to prosecutors.

“Every single time I think about it, my stomach turns, Why did you take his life away?” “My brother looked up to you like an older brother,” Luevano told Rodriguez as he sat in shackles.

Another kidnapping victim read a statement describing his harrowing ordeal of being kidnaped in 2003 for an $800,000 ransom. Jimmy Lopez, the owner of a North Side wheel shop, pleaded with his abductors to call his friend Rodriguez to pay the ransom, unaware it was Rodriguez who arranged the kidnapping.

Lopez told the court how he tried not vomiting in the plastic bag placed over his head by the kidnappers so he wouldn’t suffocate to death.

“This is not easy to forget,” Lopez said in a statement. He added he hoped the government would require Rodriguez to pay back the $800,000 Lopez had to spend on his ransom.

The heart-wrenching description of the experience was a stark contrast to the testimony given by Jeff Steinback, Rodriguez’ former attorney. Who explained to the judge how Rodriguez found faith in jail and that he was a different man. He said Rodriguez had “sunk to the lowest depths” with his “shocking” crimes. But claimed he now wants only atonement for the crimes he committed towards his victims and has experienced a sincere religious transformation.

The well-regarded attorney told the judge during a prison visit how Rodriguez took his hands and prayed for the recovery of Steinback’s leukemia-stricken granddaughter.

Steinback pleaded for the judge to grant Rodriguez mercy and sentence him to 30 years in prison, “so he can continue a path toward redemption.”

“He never stopped crying; he has never stopped mourning and never will,” Steinback said.

As part of the plea deal, Rodriguez avoids the death penalty, in exchange for testifying against the rest of his crew. The plea deal would also limit the prison sentence to 40 years.

Rodriguez’s first established his life as a Gangster in the later part of the 1990s, as a snitch for the Chicago Police. Rodriguez was paid $800,000 in exchange for information about rival drug dealers, making him the highest paid informant ever.

Rodriguez partnered up with a Chicago cop who was his handler. Narcotics Officer Glenn Lewellen shielded Rodriguez from law enforcement and helped plan out robberies and kidnappings of other drug dealers.

After retiring in 2003, Lewellen was indicted on federal charges and sent to prison in 2009 for being a member of Rodriguez’s criminal gang.

Prosecutors said the group were responsible for least 29 robberies of rival drug dealers and kidnappings for ransom, including the 2003 abduction of Sinaloa drug trafficker Pedro Flores, who’s twin brother, Margarito, had to pay $1.5 million worth of cocaine in exchange for his brother’s safe return.

The Flores twins are believed to be the biggest drug traffickers in Chicago history, having controlled the drug trafficking operations for the Sinaloa Drug Cartel. After agreeing to cooperate with the DEA, the information provided by the Flores twins helped directly lead to the 2014 capture of the Sinaloa boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Although the twins trafficked a staggering $1.8 billion in cocaine, As part of their plea agreement, the Flores brothers were both sentenced to 14-years in prison. Prosecutors say they have no evidence linking the Flores brothers to any murders or crimes involving violence, unlike Rodriguez.

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