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February 11, 2013

Gang leader sentenced to 40 years in prison


CHICAGO (AP) — A man authorities say was a leader of one of the nation's largest street gangs has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports ( ) 35-year-old Vicente Garcia ran day-to-day operations for the Latin Kings.

Prosecutors say Garcia oversaw 10,000 gang members and ordered murders, drug deals and beatings.

They also say Garcia wrote rules for the gang. Those rules required members to carry guns at all times and to shoot rivals on sight if they were on the gang's turf.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Norgle called the gang a "barbaric organization" that was "cruel and insensitive to other human beings.'

Garcia sobbed at his sentencing hearing Friday. He was one of 28 Latin Kings to be sentenced in a major racketeering case.

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