HAMMOND | An East Chicago man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of racketeering as part of a larger investigation into the area's Imperial Gangster gang.
Julius Solis pleaded guilty to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity and a count of using a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence and drug trafficking, records show.
Solis was among eight suspected Imperial Gangster members indicted in November in connection with an ongoing investigation into local street gang activity.
The indictment alleged multiple men conspired to commit murders in 2008 and 2009, and that Solis attempted murder in a single incident in 2009.
In his plea agreement, Solis acknowledges he already has been sentenced for voluntary manslaughter in Indiana. He is asking that he receive a sentence of no greater than 16 years for his federal case, court records state.