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2 Dodge City gang members plead guilty to racketeering

  • Published Monday, April 22, 2013, at 10:16 p.m.

Two Dodge City gang members have pleaded guilty to charges in a federal racketeering case, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced Monday.

Anthony Wright, 27, a member of one street gang, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketing and to one count of discharging a firearm in a crime of violence for his involvement in the murder of Israel Peralta, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Wright admitted to driving a car with three other armed gang members to a trailer park on June 8, 2009. When they saw a group of men, Wright parked the car and the gang members climbed out and ran toward the men while firing their guns. Peralta was shot and killed.

Wright faces a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the racketeering charge; and a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearms charge.

Jose Neave, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder in furtherance of racketeering. Neave, a member of a different gang, also associated with Wright’s gang. On Aug. 27, 2011, he and other gang members used knives to attack a group of men in Dodge City. During the fight, Gabriel Rivera and Carlos Ramirez were stabbed. Rivera’s injuries were life-threatening.

He faces a maximum of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

Both men are set for sentencing July 8.

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