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United States v. Gonzalez

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

August 29, 2014

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
OSCAR GONZALEZ, MARTIN ANAYA, SISTO BERNAL, and DANTE L. REYES, Defendants-Appellants

Argued May 23, 2014

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Appeals from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division. No. 2:10-cr-00109-RL-APR -- Rudy Lozano, Judge.

For UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee (13-2169): Kirby Heller, Attorney, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Criminal Division, Washington, DC.

OSCAR GONZALEZ, Defendant - Appellant (13-2169), Pro se, Chicago, IL.

For United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee (13-2189): Kirby Heller, Attorney, Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Washington, DC.

For Martin Anaya, Defendant - Appellant (13-2189): Adam Tavitas, Attorney, Merrillville, IN.

For United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee (13-2892): Kirby Heller, Attorney, Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Washington, DC.

Sisto Bernal, Defendant - Appellant (13-2892), Pro se, Manchester, KY.

For United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee (13-3177): Kirby Heller, Attorney, Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Washington, DC.

For Dante L. Reyes, Defendant - Appellant (13-3177): Amir Mohabbat, Attorney, Chicagoland & Suburban Law Firm, P.C., Oak Park, IL.

Before BAUER and EASTERBROOK, Circuit Judges, and ST. EVE, District Judge.[*]

OPINION

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Bauer, Circuit Judge.

Our circuit is familiar with appeals from convicted gang members of the Almighty Latin Kings Nation.[1] This appeal is a consolidation of four cases of former Latin Kings gang members who were indicted, prosecuted, and sentenced in the Northern District of Indiana. The indictment included twenty-three defendants: one defendant went to trial, twenty-one pleaded guilty, and one was never apprehended. The group was part of a major drug trafficking ring and linked to nineteen homicides. After the twenty-two convictions, four defendants filed appeals.

I. BACKGROUND

A. Martin Anaya


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