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Ex-Buffalo street gang leader sentenced for slayings, drugs

Thu, August 18, 2016 1:37 PM | NYGIA (Administrator)


BUFFALO (AP) — The leader of a Buffalo street gang has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for his role in four murders and seven attempted slayings during a 12-year period.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 30-year-old Efrain "Cheko" Hildalgo was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Buffalo, where he was convicted of conspiracy and discharging a firearm during a violent crime.

Prosecutors say Hildalgo was a member of the Cheko's Crew-7th Street Gang that committed violent acts and sold cocaine, heroin and other drugs on Bufffalo's West Side between 2000 and 2012.

Authorities say he admitted to his role in the murders of four people, including two brothers were gunned down inside their apartment in November 2004. Prosecutors say the people he attempted to kill included four rival gang members.

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