- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for fatally shooting a rival Buffalo street gang member seven years ago.

Federal prosecutors say Esteban Ramos-Cruz was a teenager when he joined the Cheko’s Crew-7th Street Gang in 2000. Officials say the gang was responsible for drug trafficking and violent crime on Buffalo’s West Side.

In August 2009, Ramos-Cruz shot and killed Eric Morrow, a 10th Street Gang associate.

Ramos-Crus was one of 18 members and associates of the 7th Street Gang who were indicted in the Morrow slaying. All 18 have been convicted, including Ramos-Cruz, who was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy.

He was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Buffalo.


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