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For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana

HAMMOND – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced that Jason Medina, 31, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced today to 325 months imprisonment and 3 years supervised release for conspiracy to participate in racketeering and attempted murder in furtherance of racketeering.

Jason Medina aka “Burns” a member of the Imperial Gangsters Street Gang was part of a 24-defendant indictment alleging that members of the gang committed 13 homicides in East Chicago, Hammond and Gary, Indiana.  The indictment charged a decade-long racketeering conspiracy that involved 19 additional attempted murders and large scale distribution of cocaine and marijuana.

On January 14, 2015, Medina plead guilty to a conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity.  Medina’s involvement in this RICO conspiracy included committing the first degree murder of Guadalupe Trevino.  This murder occurred on July 24, 2005 in Gary, Indiana.  In addition to pleading guilty to the Trevino murder, Medina also pled guilty to an attempted murder in furtherance of racketeering activity that occurred on June 6, 2011.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and the East Chicago Police Department, with assistance from the Gary Police Department, the Hammond Police Department and the Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Nozick of the Northern District of Indiana and Trial Attorney Bruce R. Hegyi of the Criminal Division’s Capital Case Section.

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Updated May 15, 2015

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