Luis Felipe (gang leader)

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Luis Felipe
Born(1961-05-11)11 May 1961
Other namesKing Blood
OccupationFormer street gang leader
Criminal statusImprisoned at ADX Florence supermax prison in Fremont County, Colorado
Criminal chargeMultiple counts of first-degree murder
PenaltyLife imprisonment plus 45 years without parole

Luis Felipe, also known as "King Blood", is a Cuban-American former gang leader and is the founder of the New York chapter of the Latin Kings (ALKN) street gang.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Felipe came to the United States in the Mariel Boatlift in 1980. Six years later, in 1986, after fleeing Chicago, he founded the New York chapter of the Latin Kings.[1]

In 1995, he was convicted of ordering multiple murders from prison by writing to members of the Latin Kings on the outside. Judge John S. Martin Jr. sentenced him to life imprisonment plus 45 years. Furthermore, the judge added extraordinary conditions, surprising even prosecutors. Judge Martin said Felipe must serve the sentence in solitary confinement. He forbade him to write or be visited by anyone except his lawyer and close relatives, of whom Felipe has none. Finally, the judge said that he himself, rather than the Federal Bureau of Prisons, would control the case.[2]

Felipe is currently incarcerated at ADX Florence.[3]


  1. ^ Federal Prison Reform- Super Jail and Solitary Confinement Policy Esquire, March 2nd 2009,
  2. ^ Testing the Limits of Punishment; Unusually Severe Life Sentence vs. Society's Need for Safety NY Times, October 26, 1997
  3. ^ "Federal Bureau of Prisons". Retrieved 2012-11-26.