Shooter Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison
DALLAS—A Grand Prairie man who fired at law enforcement during the February 2015 multi-agency takedown of the violent “Goon Squad,” whose members were involved in illegal narcotics-trafficking and other criminal offenses including burglaries, robberies and other acts of violence, was sentenced yesterday, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Guillermo Perez, 19, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 20 years in federal prison. He pleaded guilty in March 2015 to two counts of assault on a federal officer.
According to documents filed in the case, on the morning of February 10, 2015, at approximately 6:00 a.m., law enforcement sought to arrest Jose Pedro Maya, a/k/a “Little Maya,” 21, who had been living at a residence on Brook Lane in Grand Prairie, where Perez also resided. Perez had been assisting Maya with Maya’s drug trafficking operations. Maya had been one of the members of the Goon Squad, but later split from them and began leading his own drug trafficking organization. Maya was arrested and later pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine; his sentencing is set in mid-September 2015.
When law enforcement arrived at the Brook Lane residence, they were dressed in distinct clothing identifying themselves as FBI agents. Prior to entry into the residence, the emergency lights of FBI vehicles and marked Grand Prairie Police department vehicles were activated, making law enforcement’s presence clear. An announcement was also made over a loud speaker to identify their presence. Perez heard the announcement.
As FBI SWAT team members began to make entry into the residence, Perez located an AK-47 and fired two shots toward the front door where law enforcement was entering. Fortunately, the shots did not hit the agents.
The FBI and the Grand Prairie Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney P. J. Meitl prosecuted.