Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for charges related to murder and racketeering. (Jen Siska/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for charges related to murder and racketeering. (Jen Siska/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow sentenced to life without parole

Convicted Chinatown gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, who admittedly first dabbled in crime at the age of 8, will spend the rest of his life in prison for charges related to murder and racketeering, a federal judge has ruled.

Despite maintaining his innocence in court Thursday, Chow was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole following his January conviction of 162 counts, including murder in the service of racketeering, murder conspiracy and racketeering.

The Chinatown gangster had argued in court that he turned his life around, but jurors returned guilty verdicts within three days of closing arguments.

Chow was arrested in March 2014 when law enforcement raids across the Bay Area detained more than 20 people, including former state Sen. Leland Yee, former school board member Keith Jackson and Chow.

The mass arrest stemmed from a federal indictment alleging, among other things, that Chow headed an organized gang outfit in Chinatown and that Yee and Jackson committed a series of crimes to further Yee’s political ambitions. Yee and Jackson have since pleaded guilty to racketeering and other charges.

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