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.