A member of a violent Central American street gang has pleaded guilty to charges connected to a shooting in the Boston area that took the life of an innocent mother of three.
Federal prosecutors say Hector "Cuervo" Ramires, 24, pleaded guilty Thursday to racketeering conspiracy involving murder, attempted murder, and armed robbery.
Authorities say Ramires, a Honduran national who lived in Chelsea, and another member of the local MS-13 chapter, Bryan Galicia Barillas, were walking along a city street in October 2014 when they encountered members of a rival gang.
Ramires, who was armed, shot at one of the gang rivals and missed, hitting and killing Catherine Gomez as she looked out a nearby window of a room she shared with her children.
Barillas was also charged and previously pleaded guilty to, among other things, providing Ramires with the gun.
Ramires also accepted responsibility for his role in a March 2014 attempted murder of a rival gang member in Chelsea, and an April 2014 armed robbery in Chelsea.
Ramires faces 27 years in prison at sentencing on Jan. 19, and deportation upon completion of his sentence.