Imperial Gangsters member enters guilty plea in murder case
BY TERESA AUCH SCHULTZ firstname.lastname@example.org September 4, 2013 5:52PM
Raymond Campos also is accused of gang activity. | Provided
Updated: October 7, 2013 12:53PM
HAMMOND — A member of the East Chicago Imperial Gangsters pleaded guilty Wednesday not only to racketeering but also to murdering a 14-year-old local boy more than a decade ago.
According to an indictment filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, Raymond Campos, 28, killed Steven “Lil’ Jeremy” Rodriguez, of East Chicago, on Feb. 9, 2002, as a way to gain status with the Imperial Gangsters.
The murder charge, which was filed Wednesday, comes with a mandatory sentence of life in prison, but according to his plea agreement, federal attorneys will file a motion asking for 30 years in prison in exchange for Campos’ cooperation. That will likely involve him testifying against co-defendant Juan Briseno, who is charged with killing six people in his role with the gang. Federal attorneys have said they will seek the death penalty against Briseno.
More than half of the 23 defendants in the Imperial Gangsters case have now pleaded guilty.