An alleged Gulf Cartel enforcer for Plaza Boss Jose Luis “El Wicho” Zuniga-Hernandez was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to being an alien in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.
Luis Ivan Nino-Duenes, 28, of Control, Tamaulipas pleaded on June 19, 2012.
He was caught with Juan Roberto “Comandante X” Rincon-Rincon and Zuniga-Hernandez in October 2011 after the group fled across the Rio Grande into the United States.
During Rincon-Rincon’s trial late last year, testimony showed the men were running from a gun battle in Rio Bravo. Rival cartel members battling for control of the cartel had the group hemmed in on both sides.
Rincon-Rincon was found guilty and was scheduled to be sentenced today, but the grant a continuance until March 13.
Investigators found a jewel-encrusted and gold plated Colt .38 Super handgun on Nino-Duenes and at the time of his guilty plea, Nino-Duenes admitted entering the country illegally.
In handing down the sentence, United States District Judge Hilda Tagle noted that the defendant’s flight from a gunfight was an example of spill over violence.