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Gang Members Sentenced in Slaying of Teaneck Man, Report Says

Teaneck man was killed in a case of mistaken identity

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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