HAMMOND | A federal court jury found a Chicago man guilty Tuesday of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity for his participation in the Latin Kings gang, his attorney said.
The jury also found Martin "Lefty" Anaya guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana but cleared him of charges relating to the 2009 shooting death of Christina Campos in Chicago, Anaya's attorney Adam Tavitas said. He said the jury deliberated for more than six hours.
"We're pleased that the jury found him not responsible for the death of Christina Campos," Tavitas said.
Anaya, 41, was one of 23 people charged in an alleged Latin Kings racketeering conspiracy that resulted in 19 murders in three states and distributed millions of dollars of drugs throughout Northwest Indiana and the Chicago area.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Nozick said Anaya participated in the Latin Kings organization as a "loyal soldier" at times and a "leader" at other times. Though Anaya only is accused of participating in one murder, he is guilty of the others by virtue of his affiliation with the Latin Kings, Nozick said.
"They were all working together and all responsible under the law for each other's actions," Nozick told the jury during closing arguments.
Anaya and three other Latin Kings were accused of causing the death of Campos, who was believed to be affiliated with a rival gang. Campos was shot and killed during a shootout between Latin Kings and a rival gang called the Latin Counts in April 2009 in Chicago, records state.
Several Latin King gang members testified last week that Campos was accidentally killed by Latin Counts during the shootout.
Tavitas said there was no clear evidence of Anaya's involvement in Campos' death. He disputed testimony by a neighbor who claimed to have witnessed it and pointed out that she hadn't been asked in court to identify the person she saw shooting.
Tavitas also said the Latin Kings who testified during the trial gave conflicting statements. They claimed Anaya was trusted enough to be chosen as security for a high-ranking Latin King, yet they also described him as a "drunk" and "bum" who wasn't well-regarded, Tavitas said.