- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Danbury man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally shooting a driver on a Connecticut highway in 2000.

Alex Garcia was sentenced by a federal judge Wednesday after pleading guilty to causing a death through the use of a firearm. Prosecutors say 38-year-old Garcia was a passenger in a vehicle on Interstate 84 in Danbury when he used an assault rifle to shoot 28-year-old Mark Rebong, who was driving to work in another vehicle.

Prosecutors say Garcia shot Rebong to maintain or improve his position in the Latin Kings gang. They say Rebong wasn’t involved in any criminal activity.

Garcia’s 30-year sentence will run concurrently with an unrelated 40-year sentence he’s serving for attempted murder and assault.

Garcia’s lawyer didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

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