2 Latinos plead guilty to hate crimes against blacks in Compton

Richard Winton (Los Angeles Times) | October 17, 2013

Two Latino gang members pleaded guilty Thursday to federal hate crime charges stemming from racially motivated attacks on four black youngsters as part of a campaign of terror aimed at forcing African Americans out of west Compton.

The guilty pleas from Jeffrey “Turkey” Aguilar, 20, and Efren “Looney” Marquez, 22, mark the first convictions in the Los Angeles region under the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Prosecutors say the men beat a black teenager on New Year’s Eve with a metal pipe and threatened a second juvenile with a gun. Aguilar, Marquez and other Compton 155 gang members then turned their threats and racial epithets toward members of a black household where the teenager had fled.

Under questioning from U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. on Thursday, Aguilar pleaded guilty to using the metal pipe against the teenager because of his race and acknowledged being a member of Compton Varrio 155.

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-latino-plead-guilty-hate-crimes-blacks-compton-20131017,0,44326.story

Photo credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times / January 25, 2013

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