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MS-13 Leader Pleads Guilty to RICO Conspiracy (Boston, MA): An MS-13 member pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to racketeering conspiracy. Jose Vasquez, a/k/a “Little Crazy,” 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO or racketeering conspiracy. U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for Aug. 30, 2018.
Source: STL News    Date: May 17, 2018

Brockton man gets 10 years in prison for drug trafficking (Boston, MA): A Brockton man was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Boston on drug trafficking charges. Luis Rivera, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris to 10 years in prison, five years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Source: Enterprise News    Date: May 17, 2018

MS-13 gang member bragged about killing teen. He did it to stay alive, defense lawyer says (Boston, MA): Joel "Animal" Martinez, 23, gleefully described the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old rival gang member in Chelsea, Massachusetts, just across the river from Boston, according to audio and video from federal authorities.
Source: The Miami Herald    Date: May 14, 2018

A Boston Nonprofit Gives Former Gang Members a Second Chance (Boston, MA): Danny Austin dropped out of school at age 16. Growing up in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, he’d heard of College Bound Dorchester, a nonprofit that helps former gang members get an education. "It was like the corner store you walk by, but you never notice it," he says.
Source: The Chronicle of Philantrhopy     Date: May 1, 2018

Advocates say innocent teens are stamped with 'gang' label (Boston, MA): Every year, thousands of teens in Boston’s neighborhoods are stopped, questioned, searched and targeted for prosecution by police officers. For those who are identified as gang members or “gang associated,” criminal justice reform advocates say, this kind of scrutiny is magnified, including daily stops and searches and leading to harsher sentences for criminal convictions and in some cases, deportation by federal immigration officials.
Source: The Bay State Banner    Date: May 1, 2018

Police investigate threats against murder trial witnesses (Lawrence, MA) : As a young woman testified before a superior court judge, Jeremiah Torres, a Lawrence gang member on trial for murder, swore aloud at her in the courtroom, an action that was seen as an intimidation tactic.
Source: Eagle-Tribune    Date: April 29, 2018

Lawrence man found guilty of murder in 2014 shooting (Salem, MA): The Massachusetts man charged with killing a father of four in a gang-related shooting in Lawrence four years ago has been found guilty of second-degree murder.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: April 27, 2018

Malden receives funding to combat gang violence (Malden, MA): The Baker-Polito Administration has announced $5.65 million in competitive grants to cities and towns across Massachusetts who, with their local community partners, will use the funding to combat gang violence and support local at-risk youth.
Source: Wicked Local    Date: April 26, 2018

Boston Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Distributing Drugs in and Around Public Housing Development (Boston, MA): A Boston gang member pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to distributing crack cocaine in a Jamaica Plain housing development.
Source: United States Department of Justice    Date: April 26, 2018

'This Ain't Normal' Tells Stories Of Gang Violence, Guns In Boston (Boston, MA): "This Ain't Normal" is a new documentary about the young men and their families who struggle every day with gang violence in Boston and street workers who are trying to mitigate the violence in their communities.
Source: WBUR News    Date: April 25, 2018

Three MS-13 gang members in Massachusetts convicted in murder trial (Boston, MA): Three suspected members of the MS-13 gang in Massachusetts were convicted on Monday of participating in gang-related murders, in a case U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called an example of how authorities can try to tackle the criminal organization.
Source: Reuters    Date: April 23, 2018

Court report: Recent Fall River shootings linked to Asian Boyz street gang (Fall River, MA): The Asian Boyz Crip street gang is believed to be responsible for three separate shots-fired incidents in Fall River that started Monday night and continued into early Tuesday morning, according to court documents.
Source: The Herald News    Date: April 19, 2018

Somerville among 8 cities to receive Shannon Grant (Somerville, MA): The Baker-Polito Administration has announced $5.65 million in competitive grants to cities and towns across Massachusetts who, with their local community partners, will use the funding to combat gang violence and support local at-risk youth.
Source: Wicked Local    Date: April 18, 2018

MS-13 Member Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for RICO Conspiracy Involving Murder (Boston, MA): An MS-13 member was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for racketeering conspiracy, including his involvement in a shooting that led to the death of an innocent bystander, as well as his involvement in an attempted murder of a rival gang member and armed robbery.
Source: United States Department of Justice    Date: April 11, 2018

MS-13 gang leader sentenced to 19 years in prison (Boston, MA): A MS-13 leader was sentenced on Monday to 19 years in prison for racketeering conspiracy, federal prosecutors said.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: April 10, 2018

MS-13 gang member admits to role in murder after trap was set on Facebook (Boston, MA): A member of the feared MS-13 street gang admitted to his role in the murder of a 15-year-old boy on Constitution Beach in East Boston in 2015, an ambush set in motion by a phony Facebook account that offered the victim a chance to meet a girl, prosecutors said.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: April 2, 2018

He thought he was meeting a girl at the beach. MS-13 gang was waiting for him, feds say (Boston, MA): Carlos “Chuchito” Melara picked the 15-year-old boy up on a scooter and drove him to Boston’s Constitution Beach where gang members were awaiting his arrival, federal authorities said.
Source: The Miami Herald    Date: April 2, 2018

Evidence-Based Justice: Operation Ceasefire reduces gun violence in Boston (Boston, MA): In the mid-1990s, Boston was facing heavy gun violence, especially among youths, with nearly four youths per month being gunned down, according to the National Institute of Justice.
Source: The Sentinel     Date: March 25, 2018

Two more MS-13 members plead guilty in plot to kill 16-year-old in Lawrence (Boston, MA): The federal government’s relentless assault on the feared MS-13 street gang in Greater Boston continued this week, with two members of the violent outfit admitting to their roles in the 2015 slaying of a 16-year-old boy in Lawrence, authorities said.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: March 22, 2018

MS-13 Member Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for RICO Conspiracy Involving Murder & Attempted Murder (Boston, MA): An MS-13 member was sentenced today in federal court in Boston to racketeering conspiracy involving murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder.
Source: United States Department of Justice    Date: March 22, 2018

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