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Hermanos Pistoleros leader gets life sentence

The purported leader of a South Texas gang has been sentenced to life in prison for stealing loads of drugs during home robberies and carjackings.

A federal judge on yesterday sentenced 30-year-old Jesus Espinosa, of the Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos gang, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

Prosecutors say he and 14 other gang members were convicted earlier on various charges stemming from drug robberies in McAllen in 2006.

Prosecutors say Espinoza's gang typically stole the drugs at gunpoint after receiving tips from another gang.

Five others were also sentenced yesterday on drug and weapons charges.

They are 28-year-old Robert Ortega-Martinez, sentenced to 34 years; 28-year-old Ricardo Villegas, sentenced to 26 years and 37-year-old Eduardo Ontiveros-Trevino, sentenced to 17 years.

Also sentenced were 29-year-old Jaime Alberto Saavedra, sentenced to 10 years and 28-year-old Victor Marquez, sentenced to 10 years.

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