HAMMOND | A Latin King member was sentenced to 22 years in prison in a sweeping racketeering case.
Emiliano Esparza, of Chicago, pleaded guilty June 22, 2012, to federal charges of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.
He was sentenced Friday and a judgement order was filed in court Wednesday.
According to a sentencing memorandum, Esparza joined the Latin Kings street gang in 1989. He took a break from gang life from 1998 to 2008 and moved out of the South Side of Chicago.
However, he rejoined the gang in 2008 and is accused of being involved in a homicide that year.