Former Chicago cop who helped gang faces 12 years in prison
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org May 15, 2013 10:46AM
Updated: June 18, 2013 7:21AM
HAMMOND — A former Chicago cop who admitted he used his badge to rob for the Latin Kings street gang could serve just 12 years in prison if a judge accepts a recommendation by federal attorneys.
The sentencing would be seven years less than what Antonio C. Martinez Jr.’ s partner, Alex Guerrero, is serving, despite the fact that attorneys say Martinez played a larger role in the conspiracy.
Federal attorneys filed a sentencing memorandum Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, asking that although federal sentencing guidelines called for Martinez to serve life followed by a mandatory 60 months, he serve 144 months in prison instead.
The filing does not specify why they are asking for such a large reduction, but other defendants in the Latin Kings racketeering case have seen similar reductions in sentences because of their cooperation with the government.
Martinez and Guerrero were arrested in fall 2011 after the government claimed they used their badges to rob people in Lake County and Illinois of drugs, guns and money. They would then turn the stolen goods over to one of the Latin Kings’ highest regional leaders, Sisto Bernal, who paid them for their work. They robbed a house in Hammond and the home of rival gang leader James Walsh just months before Latin Kings members gunned him and Gonzalo Diaz down outside a Griffith restaurant in February 2007.
Guerrero was sentenced Guerrero in January to 19 years in prison. During the hearing, federal attorneys said that Guerrero played a minor role in the racketeering conspiracy and that Martinez recruited him.
Martinez’s sentencing is set for May 23.