3 East Los Angeles gang members agreed to plead guilty to federal hate crime charges in connection to the May 2014 firebombing of African-American residences at the Ramona Gardens Housing Development in Los Angeles.
Jose Saucedo, 24, Edwin Felix, 26, and Jonathan Portillo, 23, who prosecutors say are members of the Big Hazard street gang, admitted they targeted the apartments because of the resident’s race, according to Justice Department.
The LA gangsters agreed to plead guilty to using force to injure, intimidate and interfere with African-American residents because of their race and committing a violent federal hate crime in aid of racketeering.
Jonathan Portillo also agreed to plead guilty to a charge of using a fire to commit another federal felony. Saucedo and Felix agreed to plead guilty to a charge of attempted malicious damage of federal property through the use of fire. The Washington Times reported.
Once the three defendants enter their guilty pleas, they each face potential sentences of over 30 years in federal prison.
Los Angles prosecutors said the 3 men were among 8 Big Hazard gang members who smashed the windows of four apartments and threw lit Molotov cocktails into the residences on May 11, 2014. 3 of the 4 targeted apartments were occupied by African-American families, including women and children, according to an indictment.