SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A former general for the Texas Mexican Mafia is pleading guilty to federal racketeering charges and admits ordering the slayings of five people.
As part of the plea deal, Joe "Pancho" Pena, is agreeing to 40 years in prison. Sentencing won't occur until August.
The San Antonio Express News reports Thursday that Pena briefly oversaw street operations for the notorious prison gang. The killings he ordered by the gang's hit squad occurred from 2003 to 2005.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently decided that none of more than 30 people indicted in the case should face death-penalty prosecution for their crimes.
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