High-ranking Texas Mexican Mafia members get life

August 4, 2010 7:05:20 PM PDT
A federal judge in San Antonio has assessed life sentences for three Texas Mexican Mafia gang members convicted of helping the gang commit nearly two dozen murders.

A federal jury in San Antonio returned guilty verdicts in May on conspiracy counts against former Texas Mexican Mafia general Jacinto Navajar (na-va-HAHR') and two of his lieutenants.

Federal agents arrested 34 members of the gang in 2008, but these three were the only ones who went to trial. The other members pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors attributed six murders to Jose "Bam Bam" Martinez and two to Mike Garcia, the other two defendants who received life sentences Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia.

Federal prosecutors say they were hit men who killed others for cooperating with police or undermining the gang.

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