A known-gang member from Bradenton was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges.
Luis ‘Casper' Ortiz was already serving time in state prison for a previous conviction out of Manatee County.
According to a release from Attorney General Pam Bondi's office Ortiz was a member of the ‘SUR-13 Gang' from 2005 to 2009. During that time he committed burglaries and other crimes investigators say.
"These gang members ravage Florida's communities," Bondi said. "Thanks to a strong partnership with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and the State Attorney's Office, we have removed another ‘SUR-13 Gang' member from our streets and put him behind bars."
Ortiz was one of 11 co-defendants arrested as part of the state's case. One of them has already been sentenced and eight others are scheduled to stand trial in November. Another defendant is waiting to be sentenced.
The suspect has a long list of prior arrests in the area. Ortiz's previous brushes with law enforcement include arrests on a variety of charges including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, grand theft and criminal mischief.
The case was investigated by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and was prosecuted through a partnership between the Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution and the State Attorney's Office for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit.
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