Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that Richard "Chinoz" Ibanez 9DOB: 9/20/90), with a last known address of 358 Cowden Street, Providence, pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree arson and two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree arson (P1-2012-2811AG). Ibanez is a known member of the MS-13 gang.
Under the plea agreement, Ibanez was sentenced by Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to a total of 20 years, with eight to serve and the remainder suspended with probation.
Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that on two occasions, Ibanez and fellow MS-13 gang members set fire to the residence of a member of rival Tiny Rascal Gang, or TRG.
Ibanez was indicted by a Providence County Grand Jury on October 5, 2012, and arrested on October 10, 2012, as a result of a nearly two year investigation by the Rhode Island Safe Streets Task Force, a joint Providence Police and FBI taskforce, into the illegal activity of known MS-13 gang members and associates.
This marks the second MS-13 gang member to plead guilty in as many days. Yesterday, Attorney General Kilmartin announced that MS-13 known leader Francisco "Cisco" Bonilla pleaded guilty to felony assault and firearm charges and was sentenced to 20 years with 10 to serve.
The Gang Unit prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.