Ex-leader of LA gang gets 25-year prison term

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former leader of a notorious street gang in Los Angeles has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for racketeering involving killings of a rival gang member and one of his own underlings.

Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Rudy Aguirre Jr. was sentenced Monday in federal court.

Aguirre pleaded guilty in July to one count of racketeering conspiracy. Aguirre admitted in a plea agreement that he killed a rival gang member in 1999 and authorized the 2008 killing of a fellow gang member who he thought was skimming money.

Nearly 90 gang members and their associates were indicted four years ago as part of a crackdown on the Avenues gang. The case alleged a host of crimes, including the 2008 murder of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy.


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