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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

MS-13 Member Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for RICO Conspiracy Involving Murder

Defendant admits responsibility for death of innocent bystander in Chelsea

BOSTON – An MS-13 member was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for racketeering conspiracy, including his involvement in a shooting that led to the death of an innocent bystander, as well as his involvement in an attempted murder of a rival gang member and armed robbery.

Hector Ramires, a/k/a “Cuervo,” 24, a Honduran national, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 27 years in prison. Ramires will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. In October 2017, Ramires pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy.  

Ramires was a member of MS-13’s Enfermos Criminales Salvatrucha (ECS) clique, which operated in Chelsea and other parts of Massachusetts. On Oct. 18, 2014, Ramires and Bryan Galicia Barillas, a/k/a “Chucky,” another member of MS-13’s ECS clique, were walking the streets of Chelsea when they encountered a group of rival gang members.  Ramires, who was armed, shot at one of the gang rivals and missed, killing a woman - an innocent bystander - who was looking out a nearby window of a room she shared with her three children.  Both Ramires and Galicia Barillas were charged with RICO conspiracy and held responsible for the murder of the innocent bystander. Galicia Barillas was sentenced in March 2018 to 22 years in prison. 

Ramires also accepted responsibility for his role in a March 28, 2014, attempted murder of a rival gang member in Chelsea, and an April 9, 2014, armed robbery in Chelsea. 

After a multi-year investigation, Ramires was one of 61 persons named in a superseding indictment targeting the criminal activities of alleged leaders, members, and associates of MS-13 in Massachusetts. Ramires is the 19th defendant to be sentenced in this case.   

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Michael Shea, Acting 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 Evans; 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.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. All remaining defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Violent Crime
Updated April 11, 2018