Jury Selection Begins On Briseno Trial
January 12, 2015 — Lakeshore Public Media staff — Reputed Imperial Gangster member Juan Briseno is to go on trial beginning Monday in federal court in Hammond. Jury selection could last several weeks.
He was first charged with only one murder, but those charges now include murdering six people, attempting to murder four others and taking part in a racketeering conspiracy that saw thousands of pounds of drugs trafficked in East Chicago.
The murder charges also mean that federal attorneys will seek the death penalty for Briseno if a federal jury finds him guilty. That would make the Briseno case the first federal capital case in the U.S. District Court in Hammond in 11 years.
Twenty-three other Imperial Gangsters members pleaded guilty to charges from the federal grand jury indictment and many are expected to testify at Briseno’s trial.