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Gang Members Sentenced in Slaying of Teaneck Man, Report Says

Teaneck man was killed in a case of mistaken identity

Gang Members Sentenced in Slaying of Teaneck Man, Report Says

Three members of the “Dominicans Don’t Play” gang were sentenced to prison Tuesday in the 2009 killing of a Teaneck man attacked in Hackensack, northjersey.com reported.

Union City resident Gabriel Pujols, 25, was sentenced to 23 years, the report said. Co-defendants 29-year-old Frederick DeLeon, also of Union City and Hackensack resident Manuel Ramirez were sentenced to 12 and 10 year terms.

Prosecutors said the three were drinking at a party in Hackensack and got into a fight with a group of men they thought were from the “Trinitarios” gang, according to the report. Pujols and his co-defendants later went searching for the rivals and happened upon Victor Garcia, who was not a gang member.

Pujols admitted to stabbing 20-year-old Garcia, thinking he was a rival gang member, the report said. DeLeon also confessed his role in the slaying. Ramirez, 24, denied being involved and was convicted of reckless manslaughter.

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