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Prosecutors seek to delay sentencings

Updated: November 12, 2013 6:26AM



Federal prosecutors want to delay the sentencings of four East Chicago Imperial Gangsters members who pleaded guilty to racketeering so they can testify against their co-defendants.

Galo Benjamin Feliciano, David Almaraz, Anthony Baldazo and Eddie Torres were to be sentenced in the next two months. However, trials for eight co-defendants were moved from this month to Jan. 13. A ninth co-defendant, Juan Briseno, who could face the death penalty if he is also convicted of murdering six people and attempting to murder five others, is to go on trial April 7.

A motion to continue the sentencings for the four witnesses said the men, who agreed to cooperate with the government as part of their plea agreements, are expected to testify in both trials.

Along with pleading guilty to racketeering, Baldazo also pleaded guilty to one count each of murder and attempted murder. More than 20 defendants have been charged in the case.

Prosecutors say the gang terrorized the streets of East Chicago during the past decade.



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