A member of a San Fernando Valley street gang pleaded guilty Friday to five felonies, including the attempted murder of three rival gangsters, drug trafficking and illegal firearms sales.
Jesus Gonzalez Jr., 27, also known by the street names Lil Chito, Gunner and Chuy, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, two counts of violent crime in aid of racketeering, one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald scheduled an April 29 sentencing hearing, at which time Gonzalez will face a sentence between 20 years and life imprisonment.
As alleged in an updated indictment returned by a Los Angeles federal grand jury in November 2019, to consolidate control over their territory in Sun Valley, North Hollywood and Burbank, the gang shot and brutally assaulted rival gang members, controlled and conducted drug and firearms trafficking activity and extorted money in the form of “taxes” from drug dealers, and trafficked narcotics.
In early April 2016, Gonzalez shot and severely wounded a victim in a drive-by shooting outside a party in Sun Valley where Gonzalez and other gang members had gotten in a fistfight with the victim and others. A few weeks later, Gonzalez stalked and shot a rival gang member on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, firing several shots at close range at the victim, who survived. In May 2016, Gonzalez confronted and shot passengers in a vehicle he believed were rival gang members.
Gonzalez further admitted to selling methamphetamine and illegally selling numerous firearms, including an AR-style rifle bearing no serial number — commonly known as a “ghost gun” — that he sold in May 2016 outside a McDonald’s restaurant in San Fernando.
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