Two more guilty pleas in Imperial Gangsters case
BY TERESA AUCH SCHULTZ firstname.lastname@example.org January 7, 2014 5:08PM
Updated: February 10, 2014 11:08AM
Two more East Chicago members of the Imperial Gangsters street gang will plead guilty in the racketeering case.
Along with the plea deals, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond, federal attorneys are asking to delay the trial for the remaining two defendants, which was set to start Monday, because of inclement weather.
According to the plea agreements, Jason Medina, 30, is pleading guilty to murdering Guadalupe Trevino. Trevino was shot and killed as he and a friend were driving past Gary/Chicago International Airport on July 24, 2005.
Medina is also pleading guilty to one count of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, along with the racketeering charge. He faces a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence on the murder charge, to be served consecutively to any other sentence. He faces up to a life sentence on the racketeering count and 10 years on the attempted murder count.
His co-defendant, Edward Raye Serna, 34, will also plead guilty to the racketeering count and the same count of attempted murder. He faces the same sentencing maximums on those counts as Medina.
Their plea deals mean just two of the 24 Imperial Gangster defendants are still set to go on trial. It was set to start Monday, but according to a motion by federal attorneys, one of those attorneys, Bruce Hegyi of Washington, D.C., couldn’t fly to Northwest Indiana on Monday because of the weather that shut down much of the region, costing them two days of preparation. They are asking to delay the trial until at least Jan. 15.
Everyone else in the case, with one exception, has pleaded guilty. Juan Briseno, who is also charged with the killings of six people, will be tried separately in April. Federal attorneys have said they will seek the death penalty against him.
Change of plea hearings for Medina and Serna had not yet been set.