HAMMOND | An East Chicago man was sentenced to more than a decade in prison on Friday for engaging in racketeering activity with the Imperial Gangster street gang.
Judge Philip P. Simon sentenced Julius Solis, 24, to concurrent sentences of 77 and 60 months in a federal prison. In September, 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.
Solis was indicted in November 2012 with eight suspected Imperial Gangster members in connection with local street gang activity. The indictment, which has grown to 23 charged suspects, alleged several gang members conspired to commit murders in 2008 and 2009, and that Solis attempted a murder in 2009.
Solis’ plea agreement acknowledges he already was sentenced for voluntary manslaughter in Indiana. Having sought no more than 16 years in prison for his federal case, Solis received 11 years and five months from Judge Simon.
In court action related to the federal case on Friday, Ace Cortez, 34, of East Chicago, pleaded to conspiracy to commit racketeering activity and homicide in aid of racketeering activity, court records stated. Cortez, who faces life in prison, is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 13.