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Friday, June 22, 2018

Dove Springs Gangstas Member Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Racketeering Offenses Resulting in Murder

In Austin today, a federal judge sentenced Brian Aguayo, a member of the Dove Springs Gangstas (aka “DSG”), to ten years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for racketeering charges associated with the kidnapping and murder of Darian Longoria in December 2015, announced United States Attorney John F. Bash, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division, and Austin Police Chief Brian Manley.

Last November, Aguayo pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping in aid of racketeering and one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in aid of racketeering.  By pleading guilty, Aguayo admitted to membership in a criminal enterprise that engaged in acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder, robbery and narcotics distribution primarily in and around Austin.  Aguayo also admitted that he and others kidnapped 16-year-old Darian Longoria on or about December 7, 2015, in furtherance of their criminal enterprise.  During the kidnapping, they shot and killed Longoria.  On January 3, 2016, Longoria’s body was discovered along Onion Creek.

To date, eight individuals have been sentenced in connection with the investigation into this criminal enterprise.  Sentences handed down previously include:  Richard Ortega—30 years imprisonment; Orlando Arroyo (aka “Orly”)—20 years imprisonment; Jorge Avliez-Mondragon (aka “Bunny”, “Conejo”) —42 months imprisonment; Norma Luis-Frias—12 months imprisonment; Jacob Guzman—30 months imprisonment; Leslie Mendez-Munoz—21 months imprisonment; and Kathia Gomez—one year probation.  In addition to the prison terms, United States District Judge Sam Sparks ordered that Aguayo, Ortega and Arroyo pay, jointly and severally, $10,551.73 restitution to the Estate of Darian Longoria for funeral expenses. 

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Austin Police Department investigated this case.  Assistant United States Attorneys Matt Harding and Dan Guess prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.  The FBI Safe Streets Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Austin Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE ERO).

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Violent Crime
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Updated June 22, 2018