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Man convicted of racketeering, murder in prostitution ring

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A man from New Jersey has been convicted of federal racketeering and murder charges in a criminal enterprise that brought people into the country illegally to work in New Jersey brothels.

A federal court jury in Newark Monday convicted Wilmer Chavez-Romero, 29, of all eight counts, including racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, and murder and assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.

According to federal prosecutors, Chavez-Romero was the "enforcer" of a large-scale prostitution ring that operated in Cumberland, Essex, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Prosecutors say Chavez-Romero committed assaults and robberies to attack rival operations, punished disloyal members of the organization and carried out killings.

Chavez-Romero, also known as "Charmin," is said to have been the house manager for the group's Bridgeton brothel.

He faces a possible life sentence.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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