West Texas woman gets 18 months for aiding gangs

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Associated Press

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 7:32 AM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A West Texas woman has been sentenced to a 1½-year prison term for relaying messages between her imprisoned father and gang members on the street.

April Cardoza pleaded guilty in October to racketeering conspiracy. The El Paso Times (http://bit.ly/WShNnz) reports she was sentenced Friday.

The 24-year-old daughter of Manuel Cardoza was indicted in 2011 with 34 other Barrio Azteca gang members. Her father, whom prosecutors say was a gang captain, is doing life for racketeering, extortion and conspiracy.

Of those charged in the indictment, 10 were accused of killing two U.S. consulate officials in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in 2010.

April Cardoza was not accused in the killings. Of the others, 25 have pleaded guilty, one killed himself, another awaits trial and six await extradition from Mexico. Two are at large.

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Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com

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