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Major Chicago gang member who led violent drug-selling operation sentenced to 60 years
CHICAGO (AP) ' A Chicago gang leader who prosecutors say used murder and other violence to protect his drug-selling operation ' even while behind bars ' has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Fifty-one-year-old Augustin Zambrano's sentencing in federal court Wednesday came nine months after a jury found him guilty of racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit extortion and assault with a dangerous weapon. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he must serve 85 percent of that sentence, meaning he'll be over 100-years-old when he's eligible for release.
Prosecutors say Zambrano was a top leader in the Chicago-based Latin Kings street gang ' which authorities say had 10,000 Illinois members.
Zambrano was among about 30 suspects indicted in 2008 or later charged in a superseding indictment. Most have either pleaded guilty or been convicted.