A Boise-area gang member who tried to solicit the murders of witnesses to two homicides has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
Adelaido "Guy" Gomez, 27, will be spend three more years probation once he's released, according to a sentence imposed Thursday by U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.
Gomez is among eight 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 dealing drugs and plotting to burn a Fruitland night club, as well as trying to solicit or intimidate members to commit murder.
We will use the strongest prosecution tools we have to take violent gang members off the street," U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson said in a prepared statement. "We will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure that community or family events are free from acts of violence motivated by misguided gang alliances.
Gomez pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise. Other gang members are serving sentences ranging from three to 14 years.
Armando "Toro" Garcia, Jr., 29, still is awaiting sentencing and two others, Oscar "Bubba" or "Tiny" Garcia and Juan "Loco" Jimenez, are scheduled to begin trial in February.
A federal grand jury indicted the men in March 2011. Federal agents dubbed the investigation "Operation Black Magic."