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Dodge City men convicted of felonies in gang crimes

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at 8:12 p.m.

A federal jury on Thursday convicted a pair of Dodge City men of multiple felonies, including murder and attempted murder, in connection with gang crimes committed in 2008 and 2009, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office.

Pedro Garcia, 27, and Gonzalo Ramirez, 28, each face sentencing Jan. 6 on nine counts, including federal racketeering offenses, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted assault, firearms violations, conspiracy crimes, murder and attempted murder.

Ramirez will also be sentenced on additional counts of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and possession and discharge of a firearm during a violent crime, Grissom said.

The crimes stem from the fatal shooting of Israel Peralta at a Dodge City trailer park and a home robbery on June 8, 2009, and an assault involving whom the men believed to be members of a rival gang on Oct. 4, 2008. During the trial, prosecutors showed that Garcia and Ramirez, as well as other members of the Nortenos street gang, committed the offenses to intimidate and scare rival gang members and the general public, Grissom said.

Penalties include life in prison for murder and up to 20 years on each conspiracy and racketeering charge. Fines could reach $250,000 on each count, Grissom said.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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