Broadway Crips Gang Member Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Murder and Racketeering Charges
Joshua Perez, known as “Tiny Ange” of Los Angeles, who pleaded guilty to two felony offenses was sentenced to thirty (30) years in prison by U.S. District Judge S. James Otero. Perez is a member of the Five Deuce Broadway Gangster Crips who has been an active member for more than a decade. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to racketeering and drug trafficking conspiracy charges and admitting that he participated in a murder.
Perez admitted that he participated in a fatal shooting in 2012 when he and other Broadway members traveled into rival gang territory and fired a barrage of more than 40 bullets into a crowd of people. William Sherman, a man who was not a rival gang member, was shot and killed. Perez further admitted that he was one of the shooters in the incident, and one of the guns used in the attacks was recovered from his vehicle several months after the murder.
In their sentencing memorandum, prosecutor’s from the U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote, “Above all, it is defendant’s role in the conspiracy to murder victim W.S. that demonstrates defendant’s dangerousness and the nature and extent of his commitment to the violent lifestyle of the most hardened members of the Broadway Crips.”
Perez was only one of 72 defendants named in the 2014 RICO indictment that described the criminal activities of Broadway, a gang that claimed territory in South Los Angeles and controls drug sales in an area just west of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. All 72 defendant charged in connection with the indictment was convicted by guilty plea or trial. Perez entered a guilty plea just five days into his jury trial.
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