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Former Texas Mexican Mafia boss sentenced to 20 years in federal prison

November 23, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Texas Mexican Mafia boss sentenced to 20 years in federal prison

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A former Texas Mexican Mafia general has been sentenced to 20 years in a federal lockup and avoided the expected life sentence he was facing by cooperating with officials.

Raymond S. “Indio” Tellez advanced through the ranks of the infamous gang, but then turned into a confidential informant for the San Antonio police and later the feds, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Shearer indicated in October during a federal trial for other gang members after Tellez testified at the trial.

Because he assisted police and the feds solve some mysterious killings and other crimes under his tenure between 2010 and 2013, Tellez’s plea agreement permitted Chief U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia to sentence Tellez to 240 months behind bars, instead of life,

According to MySA.com,  a federal probe conducted by the FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety linked Tellez to four murders, and he pleaded guilty in 2016 to a federal racketeering conspiracy charge, confessing that he was part of the “mesa” (board) that led the gang’s operations outside of jail.

In his plea agreement, Tellez confessed that he participated in the 2013 slaying of Jose “Joe Black” Figueroa. He was choked with a power cord, then stabbed repeatedly with a knife in front of 40 members who went to a 2010 “junta” — which is a gang board meeting.

Former Texas Mexican Mafia general Raymond S. Tellez was sentenced to 20 years after he pleaded guilty to a federal racketeering conspiracy charge.

Other murders linked to Tellez include José Anthony Bravo, who was shot in the face outside his home in 2011; Vincent Chacón, 29, who was fatally shot in 2012 in an alley; and Adam “Sinner” Treviño, 27, who was shot to death in 2012.

“While incarcerated, Tellez began cooperating with the government, becoming a confidential informant against the Mafia,” a judge stated in July. “He … testified against members of the Mafia, resulting in their incarceration. … The Mafia’s penalty for this is death. Thus, all 4,000 of the members under Tellez’s command were instructed to kill him.”

The gang almost succeeded. While Tellez was in the Central Texas Detention Facility, a private prison in San Antonio managed by The GEO Group, he was in protective custody in a medical department. Two other members of the Mexican Mafia walked through a door that was supposed to be locked, and one stabbed him with a “shank” as he was in the shower back in 2013.

The two prisoners took advantage of the absence of proper supervision to get to him.

Testimony revealed that the two inmates were not strip searched or patted down when they arrived at the medical department. Once in the area, one of the prisoner’s restraints were partially removed by a nurse for a foot treatment, so that at least one hand was free. This was against to GEO, which stated that they should have been restrained.

Tellez required hospital treatment, including staples to seal his injuries.

After carrying out an investigation, GEO issued a report indicating that two of its guards carried out acts of gross negligence in not following procedure and terminated them. In his ruling in June, Senior U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth gave GEO a negligence finding and Tellez was given $25,000.

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