A federal judge yesterday sentenced Oscar Noe "Psycho" Recinos Garcia, to 23 years in prison for his role in the 2015 death of a fellow gang member he and other MS-13 members thought - wrongly - was cooperating with the feds.
The US Attorney's office in Boston reports:
Evidence showed that Recinos Garcia and others were involved in planning the murder and shared the intent to have the victim killed.
Jose Aguilar Villanueva, 16, was stabbed repeatedly in a Lawrence park on July 5, 2015.
Prosecutors say that as a leader of the Everett Locos Salvatrucha "clique" or sub-gang, Recinos Garcia helped plan the murder of the teen - who was himself an Everett Locos Salvatrucha member. Prosecutors add that the gang's initial attempt to kill the teen was foiled when the gang member assigned the task was arrested first.
Recinos Garcia, 24, and a Salvadoran national, faces deportation after he serves his sentence.
Recinos Garcia had pleaded guilty in March to a RICO conspiracy charge involving murder and to being an alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition:
Recinos Garcia [and two other members] were arrested on July 8, 2015, in Somerville in a raid that resulted in the recovery of a firearm, several large knives, photographs of MS-13 members flashing gang signs, and a large volume of MS-13 paraphernalia, including blue and white hats, bandanas and rosary beads. Recinos Garcia was also charged with possession of the firearm seized on that day.
He is one of 61 people arrested in raids aimed at MS-13 in 2016. To date, 49 have pleaded or been found guilty.