The Pancho Villas are one of the most notorious prison gangs in the country.
Known for their vicious tactics and brutal punishments, the death squads are one-time members of the notorious Death Squad and the Los Angeles Street Gang.
According to the Los Angles Times, the Panchos were responsible for the murders of the families of prominent prisoners, including former gang members, in 1994 and 1995.
The Panchas had a history of brutality, but it was not until they turned up in court that they got their due.
According the LA Times, “In 1991, they were convicted of murder, rape and robbery in the killings of two prison guards and the wounding of another.”
The LA Times went on to write, “The Panchus’ reign of terror was over by 1996, when they were caught on videotape torturing and killing an inmate in a prison cell and beating and raping another.”
But how did the Panchalos become so notorious?
The LA Weekly wrote that in 1994, they allegedly “made a deal with the police to go on the run.”
This deal allowed them to continue to operate in the shadows.
And that’s when things started to get nasty.
The LA Post wrote that the Panchi were arrested in 1996 for allegedly committing a series of “mass murders.”
This was after a murder in which a gang member was shot to death by the Panches after he had been beaten by the squad.
A few months later, the gang allegedly gunned down another inmate who had threatened the Panchy family members.
The next year, another inmate was allegedly shot by the gang.
The gang was convicted of those murders in 1997, and the PanChas were given the death penalty.
However, by the time the gang was executed in 1997 for the 1992 killings, the Los Angelenos had changed their tune.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the murder of the inmate was the result of a failed negotiation between the Panchan family and the gangsters.
“A few months after the deal was struck, the group of Panchoses murdered another inmate and left him to die,” the Los Aztecs reported.
“The group, known as the Los Barracudas, were convicted in the death of another inmate in 1998, but were executed a few days later.”
The PanChos were finally busted in 2000 for the 1994 and 1996 murders and for their involvement in the attempted killing of a correctional officer in 2000.
In that case, they faced a sentence of life in prison without parole.
The most infamous of the Panchu deaths was the killing of inmate Robert “Bucky” Brantley.
According a statement made by the California Department of Corrections, Brantly was shot while being arrested for trespassing in the PanCHaL’s stronghold of San Felipe in 1996.
The prison authorities said that the group’s plan was to kill the prison guard.
However they were stopped by the guards who shot and killed Brantleys father, Charles Brant, and his wife.
Charles Brants death was reported to have been due to a botched escape attempt and not the Pancha.
But what about the death squad?
According to New York magazine, the panchos “had an uneasy alliance with the Los Alamos Death Squad,” a gang that operated in the Los Altos region.
According New York, the two groups worked together to murder several prisoners in the mid-1980s.
In 1995, a Panchu member, Jose Martinez, was convicted for the murder and subsequent escape of a prison guard in the El Paso area.
He was sentenced to life in state prison and is still serving time.
But the LA Weekly reported that, in 2005, the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office was called in to investigate the murder case of a Panchu member, Joseph “Johnny” Cervantes.
Cervants alleged that the members of Panchu killed and dismembered a prisoner.
But a judge ruled that there was no evidence to support the claim that Cervorts murder was connected to Panchu involvement.
“In an email, the district attorney said the Panchees had no knowledge of Cervant’s actions,” the LA Review-Journal wrote.
“As a result, the case has been dismissed.”
In 2018, the LA Panchu was convicted in a case where the Pan Chas had participated in the murder.
The judge in the case ordered that they be placed on the death row.
The panchas murder trial was held in February 2018.
However the trial was cancelled in June 2019 after the Pan chas alleged involvement in a murder that took place in April 2018.
A jury convicted the Pancheras in October 2019.
The trial lasted three months before the judge threw out the Pan Chapman murder conviction.
According The Associated Press, the verdict in the two-year trial against the Pan Chapos was that “the Panchists’ participation in