Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
August 26, 2011
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Attorney General Bondi’s Office Puts “Brown Pride Locos” Gang Members Behind Bars
BRADENTON, Fla.–Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that the Office of Statewide Prosecution successfully prosecuted Raul Mondragon, a.k.a. “Sleep,” of the “Brown Pride Locos” gang, which has terrorized Manatee County for years. On Thursday, a jury in Bradenton found Mondragon guilty of Racketeering and Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering, both first degree felonies. He faces up to 60 years in prison and will be sentenced next month.
“This gang terrorized neighborhoods with shootings, robberies, assaults, and drug dealing, and this verdict makes Manatee County safer," said Attorney General Pam Bondi. "The collaborative efforts of the Office of Statewide Prosecution, Bradenton Police Department, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, and the State Attorney’s Office for the 12th Judicial Circuit have helped protect the community."
Three other defendants were scheduled to stand trial alongside Mondragon this week; however, they each entered pleas to Racketeering and Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering. They are: Juan Carlos Hernandez, a.k.a “Lazy”; Jessie Scott Fuentes, a.k.a. “BOLA”; and Moises Antunes, a.k.a. “Cartoon.”
The successful prosecution of these gang members demonstrates the continued commitment of the Attorney General’s Office, and state, federal and local law enforcement to identify, target and dismantle gangs that perpetrate violence and victimize entire communities.