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Two Ms-13 Gang Leaders Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Racketeering and Murder

September 6, 2011

Defendants Killed Innocent Young Man in Case of Mistaken Identity

Oscar Fuentes, leader of the New York State chapters of the international MS-13 street gang, also known as La Mara Salvatrucha, and Julio Chavez, a leader of the Huntington, New York, chapter of MS-13, were sentenced today to life imprisonment without parole, plus ten years, for murder in-aid-of racketeering and other charges. On March 14, 2011, following a two- week jury trial before United States District Judge Sandra L. Townes in Brooklyn federal court, both defendants were convicted of committing the May 2007 murder of 21-year-old Maurice Parker in Flushing, New York, and using a firearm in furtherance of the murder.

The sentences were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

The evidence at trial established that in the early morning hours of May 18, 2007, the defendants and other MS-13 gang members drove through the streets of Flushing armed with a gun and looking to shoot rival gang members. At approximately half-past midnight, they saw two young men, Maurice Parker and his friend, standing outside a store at 41-80 Bowne Street. Parker’s friend was wearing a red sweatshirt – a color often worn by members of the rival Bloods street gang. Chavez and a second gang member jumped from the vehicle driven by Fuentes, ran up to the two men, and Chavez shot Maurice Parker six times, including three shots to the head. Maurice Parker died at the scene.

United States Attorney Lynch extended her grateful appreciation to the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York Field Office; the Queens County District Attorney’s Office; the New York City Police Department; and the New York City Department of Probation for their assistance in this case.

MS-13 is a violent international street gang comprised primarily of immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. With hundreds of members locally, MS-13 is the largest street gang on Long Island and has a presence in Queens, New York. Over the past decade, investigations by the United States Attorney’s Office, HSI, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NYPD have solved multiple murders on Long Island and in New York City resulting in felony convictions of more than 120 MS-13 leaders and soldiers.

The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jason A. Jones, Ali Kazemi and Shreve Ariail.

The Defendants:

Name: OSCAR FUENTES, also known as “Taz,”
Age: 30

Name: JULIO CHAVEZ, also known as “Flecha” and “Flechita”
Age: 26

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