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Date: 04-04-2024

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United States of America v. Jonathan Garcia

Case Number: 1:19-cr-00862

Judge: Not Available

Court: The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office in New York City

Defendant's Attorney: Megan Wolfe Benett - 212-973-3406


New York City, New York criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with the Murder Of Joshua Flores.

Latin Kings Leader Sentenced To Life Plus Seven Years In Prison For The 2017 Murder Of Joshua Flores

Jonathan Garcia a/k/a “Jayo,” was sentenced to life plus seven years in prison for the May 2017 murder of Joshua Flores. GARCIA, who was a leader in the Latin Kings gang, shot and killed Flores in front of a playground on a residential street in Queens, New York, while Flores was running away from GARCIA. GARCIA was sentenced by U.S District Judge Valerie E. Caproni after being convicted by a jury following a four-day trial in June 2023.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “Jonathan Garcia gunned down his victim, 23-year-old Joshua Flores, to gain standing within the violent Latin Kings street gang. Then, Garcia bragged about the murder for years as he advanced in the ranks of the Latin Kings and engaged in additional violence and drug trafficking with his fellow gang members. Gang violence will not be tolerated in this community. This Office remains fully committed to working with our law enforcement partners to root out gang violence from the streets of New York City.”

According to court filings and the evidence presented in court during the trial:

GARCIA is a member of a racketeering enterprise known as the Latin Kings and, specifically, the set, or “tribe,” of the Latin Kings known as the Black Mob, which operates in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island. In order to enrich the enterprise, protect and expand its criminal operations, enforce discipline among its members, and retaliate against members of rival gangs, members and associates of the Black Mob committed, conspired, attempted, and threatened to commit acts of violence; distributed and possessed with intent to distribute narcotics, including heroin, fentanyl, and crack; committed robberies; and obtained, possessed, and used firearms. In December 2019 and April 2021, several members and associates of the Black Mob, including its senior-most leaders, were charged with racketeering offenses, narcotics conspiracy, and firearms offenses.

GARCIA has been a member of the Latin Kings since at least 2012. On May 18, 2017, GARCIA brought a firearm to a meeting with other Latin Kings members with whom he had been arguing and who intended to revoke GARCIA’s membership in the Latin Kings. During the meeting, next to a park and playground in a residential area of Queens, GARCIA began arguing with the other gang members. When the argument escalated, one of GARCIA’s associates fired a warning shot into the air, and gang members immediately began running away. GARCIA then took the firearm from his associate and shot at the fleeing gang members, hitting Joshua Flores, who was trying to run away. The bullet went through Flores’s back, into his jaw, and killed him. The murder elevated GARCIA’s status within the Latin Kings, including the Black Mob, with whom GARCIA committed additional crimes in the years after the murder.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to life plus seven years in prison

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