HAMMOND | Federal prosecutors are recommending a former Chicago police officer, who pleaded guilty in 2011 to committing armed robberies for the Latin Kings in Northwest Indiana and Illinois, serve 12 years in prison, federal court records show.
Antonio C. Martinez Jr., of Chicago, was indicted in the case that involves more than 20 other defendants, including a fellow former Chicago police officer.
Federal guidelines call for Martinez, 42, to serve life in prison, followed by another 60-month sentence on a count involving the use of a firearm.
In his plea agreement, Martinez agreed to cooperate with the government. Martinez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, interference with commerce by threat or violence and use of a firearm relating to crimes of violence and drug trafficking.
A sentencing hearing for Martinez is set for May 23.
The second officer, Alex Guerrero, was sentenced to 19 years in prison in January. Guerrero, 43, also had admitted to committing armed robberies for the street gang.