Juan Chango Gonzalez, 27, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boise, where he pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise.
Gonzalez told U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge that he was no longer a member of the gang. Lodge sentenced him to 37 months in prison followed by three years probation.
Gonzalez is among six members of the Brown Magic Clica gang sentenced to federal prison in a lengthy investigation into the street and prison gang that spanned Idaho and Oregon.
The gang is linked to drive-by shootings and has affected the quality of life for those living in the Treasure Valley, federal prosecutors wrote in court documents. The sole purpose of BMC is to terrorize our community for their own selfish goals of power, respect and money.
Gang members were accused of dealing drugs and plotting to burn a Fruitland night club. The fire never happened, nor was a man targeted by the gang in conversations secretly monitored by federal agents ever harmed, according to federal court documents.
According to a plea agreement, Gonzalez conspired with Mathew Scott Dreamin Grover, 23, of Fruitland to distribute Oxycontin and cocaine in the region. Grover is serving 51 months in prison for the racketeering charge and for unlawful possession of a firearm.
Grovers lawyer, John C. DeFranco, said in court documents that he joined the gang because of his addiction to methamphetamine.
Upon reflection, Mr. Grover will be the first to attest to the stupidity of the gang dogma, DeFranco wrote. He is sober and mature and has demonstrated the same.
Alleged gang kingpin Alfredo Papos Castro, of Boise, is serving 14 years in prison after admitting to conspiring with other gang members to murder rivals and members who cooperate with law enforcement.
Castros plea agreement cited a letter that was read at a gang meeting in June 2009. The letter said members were obligated to bury every common enemy and that those who have snitched on any member are a priority kill.
Amando Toro Garcia Jr., alias Amando Torres, 29, pleaded guilty in August to the racketeering charge and to attempted murder in aid of racketing. The charges carry 10 years to life in prison. Hes to be sentenced Feb. 25 in Boise, along with Adelaido Guy Gomez, who pleaded guilty in July to racketeering.
Boise resident Adam Lil Toro Gomez, 25, is serving five years in prison for racketeering, and Jessie Pelon Rodriguez, 27, of Ontario, is serving nearly 10 years for racketeering, attempted murder in aid of racketeering and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.
Salvador Bugz Apodoca of Pendleton, Ore., is serving five years in prison for assault, and Samon Gremlin Torres, of Ontario, is serving five years and eight months.
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