Imprisoned gang leader's daughter sentenced in racketeering case

Imprisoned gang leader's daughter sentenced for acting as his local proxy

The daughter of an imprisoned Mexican Mafia member who relayed information between her father and various South Los Angeles gangs was sentenced to prison Monday on racketeering charges.

Vianna Roman was sentenced to 15 years by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner after pleading guilty in May to racketeering, narcotics and weapons charges, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.

Roman, 39, would meet with her father, Danny Roman, at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, where he is serving a life sentence, according to the plea agreement she signed last year.

He would pass along information regarding the Harpys street gang, which dominates the area southwest of downtown Los Angeles and just north of USC. Vianna Roman would meet with “high-ranking members and associates” of the Harpys and communicate her father’s wishes, the plea agreement detailed.

Roman admitted as part of the plea agreement that the Harpys and other affiliated gangs distributed or possessed with the intent to distribute at least 150 grams of methamphetamine.

She also admitted to having a semiautomatic pistol to guard against rival gang members and other possible assailants.

Roman’s sentencing marks the end of the federal prosecution of the Harpys gang under the Racketeer Influences and Corrupt Organizations Act, which was filed against 29 gang members and associates in late 2012.

Of those charged, 25 were sentenced and three remain fugitives. One person’s charges were dismissed after he was convicted of first-degree murder.

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