HAMMOND | Two defendants of the sweeping federal racketeering case against the Imperial Gangsters street gang have accepted plea agreements, according to court records.
Edward R. Serna, who is known as "Sern," pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity and attempted murder in aid of racketeering activity, according to the plea agreement. Serna, 34, of East Chicago, could face a sentence of life in prison.
Jason "Burns" Medina, of East Chicago, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, murder resulting from the use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, attempted murder in aid of racketeering activity, according to the plea agreement.
As part of the plea agreement, Medina entered a binding agreement with the court to serve 30 years in prison.
Medina, 30, is accused of playing a role in the homicide of Guadalupe Trevino, who was killed July 24, 2005, according to an indictment. Trevino was believed to be part of a rival gang.
According to the indictment, Medina and Serna shot at a person only identified as "victim 5."
Medina and Serna are accused on June 6, 2011, of shooting at people inside a maroon Buick in the area of Homerlee Avenue and 142nd Street in East Chicago, according to court records. The person who was shot later told police Serna had been after him since he quit the Imperial Gangsters street gang.
Both have a formal plea agreement hearing scheduled for Friday.