Former Latin Kings gang boss gets four years in jail

"King Wolverine" of the Spanish chapter of the violent street gang sentenced in Madrid

The jailed former boss and founder of the Spanish chapter of the violent street gang Latin Kings was sentenced to four years on Wednesday for his role as a leader of the criminal group. A Madrid court also ordered the Latin Kings to be disbanded.

Eric Javier Jara Velastegui, known as King Wolverine, has been in jail since his arrest in 2003 on rape and other charges relating to threatening his rivals. A native of Ecuador, Velastegui is also referred to as the "king of Latin Kings" and the "Godfather"

Authorities said that he helped organize the Latin Kings chapter sometime after coming to Spain from Ecuador in 1999 to live with his aunt.

It was the second trial for Velastegui following a Supreme Court 2009 ruling that his rights and those of other codefendants were violated because the defense didn't know the identities of the protected witnesses.

The Latin Kings is an Ecuadorian-based gang, which has chapters in the United States and other countries. Authorities say that he traveled to Ecuador to get the permission of the gang leader to set up a branch in Spain.

Former Latin Kings boss Eric Javier Jara Velastegui, known as King Wolverine, was sentenced to four more years in jail by a Madrid court.
Former Latin Kings boss Eric Javier Jara Velastegui, known as King Wolverine, was sentenced to four more years in jail by a Madrid court.ULY MARTÍN
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