Prison Gang Leader To Spend Life Behind Bars

SAN DIEGO (AP) - One of the top three leaders of the Mexican Mafia prison gang has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty in a federal racketeering case.

Forty-seven-year-old Raul Leon, formerly of San Diego, was sentenced Friday in federal court. He was already serving a life sentence for murder.

Leon had pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges after being named in a sweeping 2006 indictment that targeted the gang.

In his plea, Leon admitted taking part in the 2002 fatal stabbing of another prison inmate at the High Desert State Prison in Susanville.

The Mexican Mafia controls criminal activity on the street through its influence on California street gangs.
Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune,

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