A 30-year federal prison sentence was handed down Monday for a longtime Los Angeles gang member who pleaded guilty to racketeering and drug trafficking conspiracy charges and admitted that he participated in a murder.

Joshua “Tiny Ange” Perez, who pleaded guilty to the two felony offenses last year, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge S. James Otero, who called the 27-year-old defendant “a very dangerous and callous individual” who acted as a “predator” on behalf of the gang.

Perez admitted that he participated in a fatal shooting in 2012 when he and other several gang members traveled into rival gang territory near the Hyde Park District of Los Angeles and fired a barrage of more than 40 bullets into a crowd of people walking into a rival gang’s party, according to prosecutors.

William Sherman — who was not a member of that rival gang — was killed, and two others were injured in the attack motivated by a desire to retaliate against the rival gang for the recent murder of a fellow gang member, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Perez was one of the shooters, and one of the guns used in the attack was recovered from his vehicle several months after the murder, prosecutors said.

“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 gang, federal prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo.

As part of the racketeering conspiracy, Perez participated in a wide range of gang activity, including distributing crack cocaine, robbing people on the street, and engaging in violence against rivals and insubordinate gang members.

Perez was one of 72 defendants named in a 2014 RICO indictment that described the criminal activities of a street gang that claims territory in South Los Angeles and controls drug sales in an area just west of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. The indictment outlined two decades of criminal conduct, including murders, robberies, extortion, illegal firearms possession, witness intimidation and narcotics trafficking.

All 72 defendants charged in the case have been convicted by guilty plea or at trial. Perez pleaded guilty on the fifth day of trial. Most of the defendants have been sentenced, receiving sentences of up to 35 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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