Gang members plead guilty in firebombing of black families
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two gang members have pleaded guilty to federal charges for firebombing the homes of black residents in an effort to force them out of an East Los Angeles housing complex.
City News Service says Edwin Felix and Jonathan Portillo entered pleas Monday to civil rights and racketeering charges. A third man is expected to plead guilty later this month.
Each could face 30 years in federal prison.
Prosecutors say they were among eight members of a Latino gang that threw Molotov cocktails into four apartments at the Ramona Gardens housing complex in 2014.
Three units were occupied by black families, including some with children who were sleeping.
Nobody was hurt.
Three other people charged in the case have pleaded guilty and await sentencing. Two others await trial.