(EL PASO, Texas) — A U.S. district judge Wednesday sentenced one of the Mexico’s top gang bosses to life in prison without parole for his role in the March 2010 murders of a U.S. consulate employee and two others.
Wednesday in El Paso, Texas, U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone sentenced Robert Angel Cardona, a top-ranking member of the Mexican gang Barrio Azteca, which is also tied to more than 1,500 murders along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to The Washington Times. Cardona pleaded guilty in August 2011 to charges of racketeering conspiracy.
Cardona and his gang had been involved in a long list of illegal activity. According to court documents, Barrio Azteca was connected to drug trafficking, extortion, money laundering and kidnapping in addition to brutal killings, including the Juarez murders of U.S. consulate employee Leslie Ann Enriquez Catton, her husband Arthur Redelfs and Jorge Alberto Salcido, the husband of another consulate employee.
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Sugam Pokharel and Tim Hume, CNN
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