Vineland Boy gang member pleads guilty to RICO offenses

StreetGangs.com Staff | January 21, 2021

A Vineland Boys gang member from the San Fernando section of Los Angeles pleaded guilty to five felonies, including the attempted murder of three rivals, drug trafficking and illegal firearms sales.

Jesus Gonzalez Jr., 27, also known by “Lil Chito,” “Gunner” and “Chuy,” of Sun Valley, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, two counts of violent crime in aid of racketeering, one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and one count of illegally discharging a firearm.

According to his plea agreement, Gonzalez conspired with Vineland Boys members and non-gang members to engage in acts of racketeering in the form of attempted murder and drug trafficking. Gonzalez admitted that he was involved in multiple gang-related shootings, including a December 2015 shootout in South Los Angeles with rival gang members believed to have killed a member of the Vineland Boys.

In early April 2016, Gonzalez shot and severely wounded a victim in a drive-by shooting outside a party in Sun Valley where Gonzalez and other Vineland Boys members had gotten in a fistfight with the victim and others. A few weeks later, Gonzalez shot a rival gang member on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, firing several shots at close range at the victim, who survived. In May 2016, Gonzalez confronted and shot passengers in a vehicle he believed were rival gang members.

Gonzalez further admitted to selling methamphetamine and illegally selling numerous firearms, including an AR-style rifle bearing no serial number – commonly known as a “ghost gun” that he sold in May 2016 outside a McDonald’s restaurant in San Fernando.

Gonzales is scheduled to be sentenced an April 29 a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

In January 2019, a federal grand jury indicted 31 Vineland Boys members and associates. So far, prosecutors in this case have secured 14 convictions and several prison sentences exceeding 10 years.

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