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MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to 10 Years for Murder Plot in Hudson County

Hudson County

By: Richard L. Smith 

Jose Gimenez-Lobos, known within his gang as “Infernal” or “Terrible,” has been sentenced to a decade in prison for his involvement in a gang-related murder plot, as announced by U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri.AdThe 33-year-old member of the MS-13 clique operating in Hudson County faced justice in Newark federal court under U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi.

This sentence is to run concurrently with a 40-year sentence. Gimenez-Lobos is already serving for a separate murder committed in November 2014 on behalf of MS-13 in the Eastern District of Virginia.

His criminal activities underscore the violent nature of MS-13, a gang notorious for its brutal acts.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger condemned Gimenez-Lobos's history of violence, stating, “There is no place in our communities for this wanton disregard of life."

FBI-Newark Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy added that MS-13's use of violence transcends territorial disputes, instead serving as an end in itself.AdICE Enforcement and Removal Field Office Director John Tsoukaris highlighted the collaborative effort among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in New Jersey that led to Gimenez-Lobos's sentencing.

Court documents reveal that Gimenez-Lobos and other gang members conspired in May 2015 to murder a member of the rival 18th Street gang.

The plot involved luring the victim to New Jersey to execute him. However, the plan was thwarted when the intended victim managed to escape from the gang members' vehicle.

The failure to complete the murder led to the MS-13 members, including Gimenez-Lobos, receiving punitive beatings.

Gimenez-Lobos's sentencing marks a significant victory in the ongoing battle against gang violence and underscores the dedication of law enforcement agencies to maintain public safety and bring gang members to justice.