Avenues Gang leader – “Lil Psycho” – sentenced to prison on murder charges

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A federal judge today sentenced Avenues gang leader and Mexican Mafia associate Rudy Aguirre Jr.  to 25 years in prison in connection with the 1999 murder of a rival gang member and the ordering of the killing of another man, reports the L.A. Times.

Prosecutors said the  33-year-old Aguire, also known as “Lil Psycho,”  had the blessing of the Mexican Mafia to control the activities of the Avenues, a notorious street gang that has been active across portions of Northeast L.A., including Cypress Park and Highland Park.

Aguirre’s arrest and conviction stems from a 2009 police gang crackdown following the fatal shooting of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Juan Abel Escalante outside his parents’ home in Cypress Park.


  1. All you young liberals who decry the gang injunction, and say “there are no more gangsters around here” please take note

    • the great corn-JULIO!

      funny you say this, because there has been a gang injunction since early 2009 in this area. Also, you can still hear the guns go off and there’s still been murders and tagging since the injunction.

      I guess the gain here is that the gangsters grew out their hair and pulled up their pants. Bravo, gang injunction!

    • @tedgrant
      You don’t know what you’re talking about. Highland Park and Silver Lake are 2 different areas. HLP has had a gang injunction, and thats not the reason why this guy was arrested. They didn’t knab this guy until after he was involved with killing a police officer, not because of some gang injunction.

  2. Lil Psycho is going to get a lil action in the pokey.

  3. How do you know that my homeboy got that coming to him you don’t know shit about our varrio

  4. this guy is a piece of shit can’t wait till they all move to lancaster where there broke asses belong…

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