Ex-lawyer gets 7 years for Mexican mafia ties

LOS ANGELES (AP) -  

A former criminal defense lawyer has been sentenced in Los Angeles to seven years in prison for laundering more than $1.3 million on behalf of the Mexican Mafia prison gang.
 
Isaac Guillen was sentenced Thursday after being convicted earlier of racketeering and money laundering charges.
 
Prosecutors say Guillen used the shield of the attorney-client privilege to relay messages from a Los Angeles street gang to a Mexican Mafia member who is serving multiple life sentences at a Colorado prison. Guillen laundered drug and extortion funds by creating three businesses and providing money to start a methamphetamine laboratory.
 
The 52-year-old Guillen earned his law degree from UCLA and also studied at UC Berkeley. He was disbarred in California three years ago.
 
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