ALBUQUERQUE — Angel DeLeon, 43, of Mexico, has been sentenced in federal court to life in prison for murder. A federal jury convicted DeLeon Sept. 16.
According to court records, DeLeon, along with Joe Lawrence Gallegos, 52, and Edward Troup, 50, killed another inmate, identified as “FC”, March 26, 2001, in the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility (“SNMCF”) in Doña Ana County, by using a cord from a laundry bag to strangle him.
Another inmate, identified in court records as “RG”, also was killed by strangulation at SNMCF on that same date. The killings were carried out on the orders of Billy “Wild Bill” Garcia, 66, of Albuquerque, acting in his capacity as a leader of the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico (SNM) prison gang.
Garcia, Troup and Gallegos were found guilty May 25, 2018. Garcia was sentenced to life in prison June 11, 2019. Troup was sentenced to life in prison Nov. 6, 2018. Gallegos was sentenced to life in prison April 21, 2020.
DeLeon, a Mexican national, was arrested Oct. 4, 2019, after being extradited from Mexico to the United States for trial.
The SNM is an ultra-violent criminal organization whose members, prospects and associates engage in acts of violence and other criminal activities, including murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to manufacture and distribute narcotics. Members have admitted in court that the organization engages in racketeering activity.
The FBI, the New Mexico State Police, the New Mexico Corrections Department and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided substantial assistance in securing DeLeon’s arrest and extradition from Mexico. Assistant United States Attorneys from the Las Cruces branch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico prosecuted the case.