Father and Son Gang Members Handed Long Jail Sentences for Racial Attacks

A father and his son described by prosecutors as members of a gang have received long prison terms for a campaign of attacks and harassment aimed at driving blacks out of a Southern California city.

Santiago Rios, 48, and his son Louis, 22, were sentenced to federal prison terms for conspiring to “cleanse” Azusa of blacks, according to police authorities.

The father, described as a leader of the Azusa 13 street gang, was arrested in 2011 – along with his son and 49 other gang members – on charges that they assaulted blacks and harassed them through such things as spraying racist graffiti, said an article in The Los Angeles Times.

Santiago Rios was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison; his son received a 10-year sentence.

The other 49 gang members were convicted, and all but eight have been sentenced, said the Times.

The newspaper also noted that gang recruits had to attack blacks to earn a place in Azusa 13.

Mexican Mafia leaders have also been behind attacks by local gangs on blacks in other cities in California, the Times reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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