Another Mexican Mafia-related hoodlum is facing a lengthy prison sentence after admitting his role in the Costa Mesa criminal street gang Forming Kaos.
Arrested in a massive, 2011 law enforcement sweep designed to wreck the gang's operations, Kirk Ray Butterfas had originally pleaded not guilty to a federal indictment accusing him of participating in a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Conspiracy.
Butterfas, already a convicted felon, faces a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
His guilty plea before trial will likely substantially reduce his exposure.
But his criminal rap sheet–including prior three incarceration trips
for gang activities–won't impress U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna or Assistant United States Attorney Terri K. Flynn.
Last month, we told you about Douglas Joseph Jackovich (AKA
“DJ” and “Temper”), another Forming Kaos gangster who switched his plea
to guilty. Jackovich is facing a maximum life in prison sentence, but
his criminal defense lawyer believes he'll likely get around 10 years in
the federal slammer when he's eventually sentenced.
Both Jackovich and Butterfas are 30 years old and remain locked inside the Santa Ana Jail.
they weren't spay painting their graffiti in public spaces in coastal
Orange County, Forming Kaos members worked as subservient hoodlums in
the Mexican Mafia's illegal cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine sales
operation in Southern California and were unaware that FBI and DEA agents were secretly recording their telephone drug deals.
R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.