By Ryan Savala –
Today at the United States District Court in Boston, U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf sentenced Erick Lopez Flores, aka “Mayimbu,” 33, of Lynn to 40 years in prison and five years of supervised release.
In July 2020, Lopez Flores pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, also known as RICO conspiracy, on behalf of the MS-13 gang.
As part of his guilty plea Lopez Flores admitted that he participated in the 2018 murder of a teenager in Lynn who suffered at least 32 sharp force trauma wounds consistent with being stabbed repeatedly, along with blunt force injuries to the head. The body of this teenager was found in a park in Lynn on Aug. 2, 2018.
Following an investigation into the murder of this teenager Lopez Flores and five other MS-13 members of the Sykos clique were indicted.
In a related case, the government charged a juvenile co-conspirator who was the sixth person involved in the murder.
On July 30, 2018, these six MS-13 members lured the victim to a playground and at least four of them were armed with knives. The group pretended to be friendly with the victim and took him to a wooded area of the park where they surrounded the victim and repeatedly stabbed him to death.
Lopez Flores authorized the murder in his capacity as one of the leaders of the clique.
All six defendants indicted in this case, along with the juvenile charged in the related case, have pleaded guilty. Lopez Flores is the first defendant to be sentenced.