Crime & Courts

October 31, 2013

Dodge City gang member pleads guilty in racketeering case

A Dodge City gang member pleaded guilty Thursday in Wichita to conspiring to attempt to kill a rival gang member in connection with a federal racketeering case.

A Dodge City gang member pleaded guilty Thursday in Wichita to conspiring to attempt to kill a rival gang member in connection with a federal racketeering case.

Jesus Sanchez, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit acts of racketeering, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office.

In his plea, Sanchez admitted he was a member of the Diablos Viejos and affiliated with the Norteno street gang on March 30, 2011, when he attempted to shoot and kill George Gonzalez, a member of the rival Sureno gang.

Sanchez was one of 23 Norteno members indicted in May 2012. So far, 20 of the defendants have pleaded guilty or been found guilty. Three are awaiting trial.

He admitted that Nortenos engaged in violence, including assaults and robberies, as a means of advancing their positions in the organization and building the gang’s reputation.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 13. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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