A member of the Latin Kings street gang and two associates have been sentenced to prison for racketeering conspiracy and other crimes in support of the gang, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Indiana announced Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano sentenced David Lira, 39, of Chicago, to 180 months in prison after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy in July. Gang associates Bianca Fernandez and Serina Arambula, both 23 and from Chicago, were sentenced Monday to 36 months and 21 months in prison respectively.
Fernandez pleaded guilty in August to conspiring to murder in aid of racketeering; Arambula pleaded guilty that month to withholding information on a murder.
The Latin Kings is a nationwide gang started in Chicago that has branched out throughout the country and is allegedly responsible for more than 20 murders, according to the third superseding indictment filed in this case.
Twenty-three Latin Kings members and associates have been indicted in this case. Twenty have pleaded guilty, one was found guilty following a jury trial, one awaits trial, and one remains a fugitive.