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Man gets prison time in 2011 gang-related slaying

March 3, 2016

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A man convicted of second-degree murder in the 2011 gang-related slaying of a 34-year-old Worcester man outside his home is headed to prison.

The Telegram & Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1L6hoy9 ) 26-year-old Rafael Rivera was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 15 years.

A Worcester jury found Rivera guilty in January of second-degree murder and firearm violations in the September 2011 shooting of Juan Melendez.

Prosecutors say Rivera and four fellow affiliates of the Kilby Street Posse gang attempted to break into Juan Melendez’s Rodney Street home.

Prosecutors say one of his co-defendants gunned down Melendez in his car that night. They say the victim was a reputed member of the rival Vice Lords gang. The four co-defendants are still awaiting trial.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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