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Federal judge sentences leader of Nuestra Familia in California to life in prison

January 1, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal judge sentences leader of Nuestra Familia in California to life in prison Nuestra Familia gang leader Alberto Larez sentenced to life

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Last week, a federal district court judge handed down sentences against four Nuestra Familia gang members, including a life-term for a senior figure, for their roles in a continuing criminal enterprise and violent racketeering conspiracy.

In a press release, U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch of the Northern District of California said U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers sentenced 48-year-old Alberto Larez, aka “Bird” of Salinas, California, a leader of the Nuestra Familia gang, to life in prison plus 120 months.

As JammedUp News previously reported, a jury convicted Larez and three other co-defendants in August of racketeering conspiracy, murder in furtherance of a criminal enterprise, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, robbery, and other related violations.

Additionally, Judge Rodgers sentenced 52-year-old Henry Cervantes, aka Happy, of Lodi, California, to 900 months in prison. While Jaime Cervantes, 33, aka Hennessy, of San Mateo, California, was handed 384 months and Andrew Cervantes, 60, also known as “Mad Dog” of Stockton, California, to 432 months in prison.

Stretch said the four defendants were leaders of the federal faction of the Nuestra Familia, led by two principal figures currently incarcerated in the federal prison system, including Andrew Cervantes, who is currently serving a 210-month sentence for a 1999 racketeering conviction.

Larez and Henry Cervantes are considered the top lieutenants who oversaw criminal operations for the gang in Oakland at the direction of Andrew Cervantes. The operations included the large-scale trafficking of narcotics, gang-related killings, and robberies in furtherance of the criminal enterprise.

The U.S. Attorney said the co-conspirators sent the criminal proceeds to Andrew Cervantes and other gang leaders in the federal prison system.

Prosecutors presented evidence at trial which implicated the four defendants in several gang-related murders and attacks, including the September 2011 murders of two victims at an apartment in Oakland.

According to the federal indictment, Jaime Cervantes, and another gang member killed and incinerated the bodies of the two victims on the orders of Henry Cervantes.

Furthermore, the jury convicted the defendants of carrying out the August 2012 hit of a gang member, who was shot dead as he sat in his car in Oakland after Andrew Cervantes suspected him of cooperating with federal authorities.

“Criminal enterprises like the Nuestra Familia may spawn in prisons, but they often spread into our communities and bring violence and mayhem onto our streets,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell.  “We will continue to target these criminal organizations, dismantle their leadership, and return the violent offenders to prison.”

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