EC gang member pleads guilty to murder
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org February 6, 2013 3:36PM
Updated: March 8, 2013 7:40AM
An East Chicago man is admitting he murdered a man and tried to murder the man’s son in 2007 when he and other members of the Imperial Gangsters tried to steal a snow blower.
Anthony “Tall Folks” Baldazo will also plead guilty to one count each of conspiracy to racketeer and possession with the intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana and 5 kilograms of cocaine, according to a plea agreement filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.
Federal attorneys have charged Baldazo and more than 20 other defendants in the racketeering case against the Imperial Gangsters. Several of them have now admitted to walking by Juan Murillo Sr.’s house in East Chicago in March 2007 when they saw a snow blower sitting outside and decided to steal it.
A man came out of the house, however, and several of the gang members started shooting at Murillo Sr., who died, and Juan Murillo Jr.
Baldazo faced the possibility of the death penalty on the murder charge, but the plea agreement calls for a binding sentence of 20 years.
A change-of-plea hearing had not been set as of Wednesday afternoon.