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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 6, 2018

MS-13 Member Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison for Role in 2015 Murder

BOSTON – An MS-13 member was sentenced today in federal court in Boston on charges of racketeering conspiracy involving murder. 

Oscar Noe Recinos Garcia, a/k/a “Psycho,” 24, a Salvadoran national, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 23 years in prison and five years of supervised release. Recinos Garcia will be subject to deportation upon the completion of his sentence. In March 2018, Recinos Garcia pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy and being an alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Recinos Garcia was a member of the Everett Locos Salvatrucha, or ELS clique, of MS-13. On behalf of MS-13, Recinos Garcia engaged in racketeering activity, which included involvement in the murder of a teenager who was associated with MS-13 and wrongly suspected by the gang of cooperating with law enforcement. On July 5, 2015, the victim was murdered in Lawrence by Josue Alexis De Paz, a/k/a “Gato,” and Manuel Diaz Granados, a/k/a “Perverso.” Evidence showed that Recinos Garcia and others were involved in planning the murder and shared the intent to have the victim killed.

Recinos Garcia, De Paz, and Diaz Granados were arrested on July 8, 2015, in Somerville in a raid that resulted in the recovery of a firearm, several large knives, photographs of MS-13 members flashing gang signs, and a large volume of MS-13 paraphernalia, including blue and white hats, bandanas and rosary beads. Recinos Garcia was also charged with possession of the firearm seized on that day. 

Recinos Garcia is one of 49 defendants who have been convicted as part of this ongoing prosecution.  Sixteen of those defendants have been held responsible for murder. 40 of the 49 convictions, including Vasquez, were the result of guilty pleas prior to trial. Nine other defendants were convicted after trial.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Commissioner Thomas Turco of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections; Essex County Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger; Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Thompkins; Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley; Middlesex County District Attorney Marian T. Ryan; Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett; Boston Police Commissioner William Gross; Chelsea Police Chief Brian A. Kyes; Everett Police Chief Steven A. Mazzie; Lynn Police Chief Michael Mageary; Revere Police Chief James Guido; and Somerville Police Chief David Fallon made the announcement today.

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Violent Crime
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Updated September 6, 2018