Ex-Mexican Mafia leader makes bid for freedom

Jan 31, 2015 1:52 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Records show an ex-Mexican Mafia leader whose talk with a group of business executives and police officials drew criticism this week has been helped by his close relationship with law enforcement to make a bid for freedom.

The Los Angeles Times reports that a state parole board recently decided 52-year-old Rene Enriquez should be released from serving life in prison for murder despite a prosecutor's concerns. Gov. Jerry Brown has three more weeks to determine whether he should be freed.

Enriquez's parole request included letters from 11 law enforcement agencies who say he's helped with investigations and prosecutions. Only one letter specifically suggested he be granted parole.

Agencies that sent letters included the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice and several local district attorneys' offices and police agencies.

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