Feds want Chicago cop to serve 19 years for Latin Kings case
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org December 27, 2012 2:52PM
Updated: December 27, 2012 6:30PM
Federal guidelines call for a former Chicago police officer to serve life in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to racketeer as an accomplice of the Latin Kings street gang, but federal prosecutors are recommending he serve 19 years instead.
The government filed a sentencing memorandum on Alex Guerrero Wednesday, saying that he received 43 points in the federal sentencing guidelines, which is equal to life in prison.
However, Guerrero’s plea agreement with the government called for prosecutors to request that he instead serve 19 years in prison, and they do that in the sentencing memorandum.
The request is not binding upon the court, although federal judges usually follow the recommendations made in plea agreements.
Guerrero pleaded guilty this summer in the case and testified against one of the Latin Kings members, Martin Anaya, in September. He described how he and partner Antonio Martinez Jr. used their badges to stop people in Chicago and break into homes in Northwest Indiana to steal guns, money and drugs for the Latin Kings.