Gang Member Sentenced For East Chicago Shooting

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July 25, 2014 — A 27-year-old East Chicago resident and member of the Imperial Gangsters gang will serve more than 25 years in federal prison, in connection with a December 2011 attempted murder.

Federal prosecutors said Armando Jose Velasquez, known in the gang as “Money,”  fired a gun into a car driven by an 18-year-old East Chicago man and struck the victim three times.  Velasquez said he believed that the victim was a rival gang member, but the victim was not actually a gang member and was not involved in any criminal activity.

Velasquez was one of 24 members of the Imperial Gangsters who were indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with 14 previously-uncharged homicides: 12 in East Chicago, Indiana, one in Hammond, Indiana, and one in Gary.  The indictment also charged a decade-long racketeering conspiracy that involved the attempted murder of 19 other victims and the large scale distribution of cocaine and marijuana.   Velazquez pleaded guilty to racketeering-conspiracy charges, one of 22 indicted persons to plead guilty to the charges against them.

Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Hammond


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