This case is one of a series of Latin King cases involving 50 defendants that has been brought by the office of U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch
November 19, 2018-United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch announced today that a 22 year old Hammond man was sentenced to 28 years in prison for his role in a racketeering enterprise that included a homicide. According to the statement, Anton James, Jr., 22, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Simon to 28 years imprisonment following his guilty plea to conspiracy to commit racketeering activity for his role and participation in the Latin Kings street gang. “At sentencing, James was found to have committed the October 28, 2014, murder of Martin Hurtado, Sr., of Hammond, Indiana, in furtherance of the Latin Kings. “
In October, U.S. Attorney Kirsch filed a fifth superseding indictment alleging that 5 other Latin King street gang members conspired to murder Marion Lowry and Harvey Siegers in 1999 at Calumet Auto Rebuilders. At that time US Attorney Kirsch announced that 50 members of the violent street gang had been charged in total.
According to US Attorney Kirsch, this case is the result of the investigative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the East Chicago Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Gary Police Department, the Hammond Police Department, the Lake County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Department and Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area officers and agents. The Lake County Prosecutor’s Office also has provided assistance.