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Federal Judge in El Paso sentences Barrio Azteca leader to three life terms for killing of 3 tied to U.S. consulate in Juarez

July 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal Judge in El Paso sentences Barrio Azteca leader to three life terms for killing of 3 tied to U.S. consulate in Juarez

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On Thursday, a communications chief for the Barrio Azteca gang in Juárez was sentenced to three life sentences for his role in the 2010 murders of three victims during an attack on the U.S. Consulate.

Recorded radio communications of Ricardo “Chino” Valles de la Rosa speaking with gang associates during the killings were played before he was sentenced in U.S. District Court in El Paso.

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone sentenced Valles de la Rosa to life behind bars on three counts of racketeering and drug conspiracy, with an additional 20 years on charges of money laundering.

Federal prosecutors said Valles de la Rosa is a lieutenant in the prison gang.

Ricardo “Chino” Valles de la Rosa  following his arrest in Mexico

Valles de la Rosa’s attorney Louis E. Lopez maintained that his client was not a leader of the gang but simply just passed along orders, The El Paso Times reported.

“He is passing down orders. He is not giving them,” Lopez said before the man’s sentencing.

Federal prosecutors added that Valles de la Rosa played an essential role for Barrio Azteca, working in gang communications during Juárez’s violent cartel war.

Deported gang associated were required to report to Valles de la Rosa, who maintained a roll call and managed communications between Juárez and gang inmates in prisons in the U.S.

In March 2010, Azteca gang members shot at two separate SUVs that were departing a children’s party at roughly the same time in Juárez.

Lesley A. Enriquez, who worked at the U.S. Consulate in Juarez, and her husband, Arthur H. Redelfs were both killed in an ambush in 2010

Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, a Mexican judge whose wife was employed at the consulate, was murdered in one attack as his kids, between the ages of 2 and 6 were in the vehicle.

Consulate worker Lesley Enriquez Redelfs and her husband, El Paso Sheriff’s Detention Officer Arthur Redelfs, were killed in another ambush.

Footage allegedly recorded by U.S. border cameras filmed the assault as a black car sped up, caught up with the Redelfs before a man in the car began shooting on a street in Juárez near the Paso Del Norte Bridge.

“I recognize I made a lot of mistakes in my life and I have been paying for them.,” Valles de la Rosa said as his voice cracked before he was sentenced.

Valles de la Rosa said that he had already spent 20 years behind bars.

“I recognize I have done bad things,” he added. “I need to change my life. I’m going to do that. I am hoping one day I can go home.”

Detective Andy Sanchez of the El Paso Police Department, who is part of an FBI gang task force, testified that a coded prison letter from January revealed that Valles de la Rosa was still a leading member of Barrio Azteca.

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