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Parole again blocked for ex- Mexican Mafia killer Rene “Boxer” Enriquez

July 1, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Parole again blocked for ex- Mexican Mafia killer Rene “Boxer” Enriquez

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On Thursday, the governor of California, Jerry Brown, has blocked parole again for the former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang, turned informant.

Brown has twice blocked the release of Rene “Boxer” Enriquez, a former Mexican Mafia hitman turned leader after presuming he remained at risk of being murdered if he is released despite a recommendation of parole by a California parole board.

The California governor discounted Enriquez’s claims that the double murderer intended to join the witness protection program and said in his recent decision that Enriquez’s discharge would also threaten those around him who might be caught in the crossfire.

In a statement, Brown wrote: “He remains an active target for the Mexican Mafia, and there are many who would go to great lengths to attack Mr. Enriquez because of his high-profile status as a gang dropout.”

According to the L.A. Times, Enriquez had stated earlier in the year that he would join the witness protection program if he is released. However, Brown said there is no evidence to suggest that the former gang leader has been accepted into such a program or that other measures would be taken to cover up his identity or whereabouts.

Enriquez will be celebrating his 54th birthday next week behind bars. He has remained incarcerated since 1993 when he was sentenced to 20 years to life for a double-homicide, drug trafficking, in addition to multiple assaults.

He gained national attention last year when the Los Angeles Police Department emptied out a building so he could speak to business leaders and law enforcement about the undercover prison gang that has expanded into a transnational criminal operation.

At his February parole hearing, Enriquez testified that he left the group back in 2002 when he found out that some of the members were killing innocent relatives and children of ex-gang members.

Enriquez said, “I was becoming this unsavory rat, this informant, this turncoat, this stoolie …[it] was like committing suicide … renouncing everything.”

The man later came out with a tell-all book titled “The Black Hand,” named after the moniker for the gang, which is also referred to by its Spanish initial, “La Eme.”

The governor praised Enriquez’s assistance with authorities but maintained Enriquez continues to cast blame on the gang for his own decisions.

Brown wrote: “He personally molded and shaped the Mexican Mafia’s expectations of its members and expanded the gang’s reach outside the prison … Mr. Enriquez made a career of sophisticated gang warfare.”

The California governor also mentioned that Enriquez smuggled a significant amount of drugs into detention centers and also came up with a way to regulate a vast network of gang members and drug dealers on the outside world from behind prison walls.

Michael Beckman, Enriquez’s attorney, said in a statement: “The governor’s wrong, and we’re going to keep fighting until we get Rene home.”

Enriquez has reportedly been cooperating with officials for about 14 years and has gained over 60 letters of support from federal and state prosecutors, members of the FBI, and local law enforcement officials. However, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office argued against his parole request, and his victims’ relatives attested that his service cannot take away their heartbreak.

The government has made exceptional efforts to protect the man, and once even booked him into jail with a fake name under the notion that he was taken in for occupying a swordfish without a license.

Enriquez connected with Mexican Mafia while serving his first adult prison sentence for a string of robberies. Following his release, he murdered two gang associates for violations like stealing money and drugs. He and an accomplice also reportedly stabbed Mexican Mafia leader Salvador “Mon” Buenrostro 26 times with inmate-made weapons in a 1991 altercation, although the man somehow managed to survive.

At his hearing, Enriquez said: “The Mexican Mafia, is a violent entity. It feeds on violence. It necessitates violence in order to bolster its reputation.”

Ultimately, he noted that authorities “gave me a new chance at life, and I readily embraced it.”

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