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Mendota MS-13 gang member gets 2 years, 3 months for assaulting juvenile

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FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A 22-year-old Mendota man was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for assault with a deadly weapon in aid of racketeering, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Edgar Torres-Amador, 22, was an associate of La Mara Salvatrucha MS‑13, a violent criminal street gang that engages in racketeering activity, including murder, kidnapping, extortion, and drug trafficking. 

On March 13, Torres-Amador pleaded guilty to assaulting a juvenile with a cylindrical object in furtherance of the MS-13 gang, Scott said.

According to the plea agreement, Torres-Amador and two other MS-13 members were driving past an elementary school in Mendota when they saw the juvenile walking in front of the school. Torres-Amador stopped the car and he and the two other MS-13 members got out, confronted the juvenile, yelled “MS-13” and “Mara Salvatrucha” and started hitting and kicking the juvenile. 

At one point, Torres-Amador also grabbed a cylindrical object and used it to hit the juvenile. 

In Facebook messages intercepted after the attack, Torres-Amador and two other MS-13 members discussed contacting the juvenile and threatening him to dissuade him from talking to police or testifying against Torres-Amador.

Co-defendant Claudia Lizaola was sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. 

Six other co-defendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. 

The remaining nine co-defendants are scheduled for trial in September. 

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