United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey

03/21/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/21/2024 14:51

Member of MS-13 Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Commit Murder in Aid of Racketeering

Press Release

Member of MS-13 Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Commit Murder in Aid of Racketeering

Thursday, March 21, 2024
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. - A member of an MS-13 clique operating in Hudson County, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for his role in a gang-related murder plot, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger, head of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, announced.

Jose Gimenez-Lobos, aka "Infernal," aka "Terrible," 33, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark federal court to his role in a failed May 2015 plot to kill a member of a rival gang. Judge Cecchi ordered that the sentence imposed today run concurrently to the 40-year sentence Gimenez-Lobos received in the Eastern District of Virginia for his role in a November 2014 murder that he committed on behalf of MS-13.

"This defendant has already amassed a history of death and mayhem on behalf of MS-13, a gang well-known for its appetite for violence. There is no place in our communities for this wanton disregard of life. Gimenez-Lobos will remain behind bars for most of the remainder of his life, which is the punishment he has brought down on his own head."

U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger

"Many violent street gangs focus on crimes to make money and use violence as a way to defend their so-called turf," FBI-Newark Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy said. "For MS-13, they use their criminal behavior as a means to perpetuate violence simply for the sake of violence. Gimenez-Lobos sent his minions after a rival gang member, but having failed to carry out his plan, he then had them savagely beaten. The brutality and total disregard for human life is the point. I would like to commend the agents and investigators on this case. Pursuing and bringing to justice members of MS-13 can be a harrowing job, but they do it to protect our communities."

"This is another clear example of the strong partnership that exists amongst federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in New Jersey," Newark ICE Enforcement and Removal Field Office Director John Tsoukaris said. "This cooperation was critical in the arrest, prosecution and sentencing of an MS-13 gang member, a group notorious for its violent crimes. ICE ERO remains committed to our public safety mission as we enforce our immigration laws."

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Gimenez-Lobos and others previously pleaded guilty to their involvement in a failed May 2015 plot to kill a member of a rival gang. Gimenez-Lobos admitted his membership in the violent transnational street gang, MS-13, and admitted his involvement in acts of violence and drug distribution on behalf of the gang. Gimenez-Lobos and fellow MS-13 gang members conspired to kill a member of the rival 18th Street gang from the Maryland/Virginia area. The plot involved a female associate of MS-13 who befriended the victim and then lured him to New Jersey so that MS-13 members could execute him.

The victim arrived in Hudson County on May 25, 2015. A high-ranking MS-13 member ordered three other MS-13 members, including Gimenez-Lobos, to carry out the murder. When their initial attempts to contact the victim did not go as planned, the MS-13 members decided to secure a room for the victim at a local motel and offered to transport him back to the Maryland/Virginia area the following day. At their clique leader's direction, the MS-13 members agreed to stab the victim to death at some point during the trip, and then dispose of the body.

The murder was foiled the following day when the victim - sensing that the MS-13 members planned to harm him - jumped from the vehicle outside a tollbooth on the way to the Maryland/Virginia area. The MS-13 members later received beatings for failing to kill the rival 18th Street gang member.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark; officers of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Enforcement and Removal Operations Newark Field Office, under the direction of Field Office Director Tsoukaris; special agents of Homeland Security Investigations Newark, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Alfonso; special agents of HIS Washington, D.C., under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Derek W. Gordon; investigators of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Esther Suarez; and investigators of the West New York Police Department under the direction of Director of Public Safety Alejandro DeRojas.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Desiree Grace, Deputy Chief of the U.S. Attorney's Office's Criminal Division in Newark, and Trial Attorney Matthew K. Hoff of the Department of Justice's Organized Crime and Gang Section.

Updated March 21, 2024
Violent Crime
Press Release Number:24-106