- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DENVER (AP) - A jury in Denver has convicted a prisoner of killing the former leader of the Mexican Mafia, a Hispanic prison gang, at Colorado’s federal supermax prison.

The Denver Post reports (https://goo.gl/PqmONh ) the federal jury convicted Silvestre “Chikali” Rivera on Tuesday of first-degree murder for fatally kicking, stomping and beating Manuel “Tati” Torrez in April 2005 at the Administrative Maximum U.S. Penitentiary in Florence.

Rivera, who is currently serving time for a string of bank robberies in Arizona and California, faces a mandatory life sentence in prison for the murder.

He testified that he believed he had to kill Torrez to save his own life, but the jury rejected that claim.

An accomplice, Richard “Chuco” Santiago, faces a possible death penalty for taking a leading role in killing Torrez.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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