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Two Mexican Mafia gang members found guilty in execution of Texas Police officer

November 8, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Two Mexican Mafia gang members found guilty in execution of Texas Police officer

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Two Texas Mexican Mafia gang members were convicted in the 2014 execution of an off-duty police officer outside a San Antonio tattoo.

A jury returned guilty verdicts for 36-year-old Alfredo Cardona and 29-year-old Jesse Santibanez on Monday for murder in aid of racketeering and of discharging a firearm during a murder in aid of racketeering in connection with the May 2014 shooting death of Balcones Heights Police officer Julian Pesina.

As a result, both men face mandatory life prison terms.

Another gang member, Ruben “Menace” Reyes, pleaded guilty in December 2014 to firearms and racketeering related offenses and was handed a life in prison sentence.

Federal prosecutors said Reyes ordered the Pesina’s murder for failing to pay a street tax on drug sales known as “the dime.”

Pesina, who also claimed membership in the gang, was the target of a drug investigation by the FBI and was days away from being arrested when he was gunned down.

A fourth Mexican Mafia gang member Jerry “Spooks” Idrogo, who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and awaits sentencing, testified against the two gang members.

The Associated Press contributed to the story.

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