John Turscak, 52, who has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing Chauvin, became an FBI informant in 1997, according to the LA Times.
Turscak was sought out by the FBI while he was a member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang. He helped federal authorities with an investigation that resulted in the indictment of more than 40 Mexican Mafia members and associates, the outlet reports.
However, Turscak was dropped as an informant after prosecutors said he admitted to extorting money, dealing drugs, and authorizing assaults while receiving monetary compensation as an informant.
In 2001, Turscak was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to racketeering and conspiring to kill a rival in the prison-based gang.
At the time of his sentencing, he slammed the FBI and told US District Court Judge A. Howard Matz: “I didn’t commit those crimes for kicks. I did them because I had to if I wanted to stay alive. I told that to the [FBI] agents and they just said, ‘Do what you have to do.'”
Turscak has now allegedly admitted to