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Mexican Mafia hitman sentenced to 5 life sentences for several executions including Texas cop

December 1, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican Mafia hitman sentenced to 5 life sentences for several executions including Texas cop

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A Mexican Mafia gang member has been convicted and sentenced to five separate life sentences for the killing of a police officer, among other executions.

On Wednesday, Ruben “Menace” Reyes, the “Lieutenant of Lieutenants” in the Mexican Mafia, appeared before Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra in San Antonio, Texas, before he was hit with five consecutive terms of life behind bars.

Reyes admitted to being the go-to hitman to carry out “green light” hits handed down by Mexican Mafia leadership, The San Antonio Express.

In July of this year, Reyes pleaded guilty to various charges including acts of violence and racketeering.

Balcones Heights Officer Julian Pesina was killed in May 2014.

Reyes admitted to killing Balcones Heights Officer Julian Pesina in May 2014.

As part of his plea deal, Reyes confessed to ordering the slaying of Balcones Heights Police Officer Julian Pecina back in 2014, outside of a tattoo shop that was owned by the officer.

Even though Pecina was a cop, he also claimed to be a part of the Mexican Mafia and had various tattoos common among the members. Prosecutors stated that Pecina sold drugs to other members of the gang.

Reyes also revealed his role in the 2013 murder of Mexican Mafia member Ulysses Farias in an attempt to improve his reputation with the group.

Gang leaders ordered Farias murder over fears he was cooperating with federal authorities.

Furthermore, Farias reportedly violated leadership’s commands by taking his wife to collect tax money from street-level dealers.

Reyes exits a police car outside San Antonio Federal Court on Wednesday.

Reyes exits a police car outside San Antonio Federal Court on Wednesday.

As part of his guilty plea, Reyes also confessed to murdering three other Mexican Mafia leaders for mishandling $60,000 in gang funds. After shooting the three men, he buried the remains in Pearsall, Texas.

However, after learning his own gang wanted to kill him, Reyes went to the San Antonio Police Department for protection.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Ezra called Reyes “cold-blooded” and made the unusual petition that the suspect should serve his time at the Supermax maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado, which houses many infamous criminals including terrorists, top organized crime figures, and gang leaders.

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