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Alleged Mexican Mafia Member Given 18 Years by Ariz. Judge

June 08, 2010  | 

A 39-year-old Phoenix man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison following a trial where prosecutors alleged he was a lieutenant in the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

According to a statement from the Attorney General's Office, John Frederick Farinas was sentenced Friday on charges of assisting a criminal street gang and possession of prison contraband. Farinas conspired to bring contraband into the Fourth Avenue Jail for the profit of gang members.

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