- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Five New Jersey members of an international street gang have been sentenced to prison for their role in a criminal enterprise that included murder, extortion and plots to kill witnesses.

Federal prosecutors said MS-13 members Santos Reyes-Villatoro, of Bound Brook, and Julian Moz-Aguilar, Hugo Palencia, Mario Oliva, and Esau Ramirez, all of Plainfield, were sentenced this week.

Villatoro, Moz-Aguilar and Palencia were sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison. Ramirez was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

The men were convicted after a 16-week trial.

Prosecutors say that Reyes-Villatoro started the gang that operated in Plainfield. They say it was responsible for five murders in 2010 and 2011. The victims included rival gang members and at least one innocent bystander.

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