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Man convicted of Springfield gang slaying gets life sentence

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Lee Rios (Western Mass News file photo) Lee Rios (Western Mass News file photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A reputed member of the violent Latin Kings gang has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing an 18-year-old man.

Lee Rios was sentenced Wednesday, five days after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder in the March 2015 shooting death of 18-year-old Kenneth Lopez in Springfield.

Prosecutors say Rios "meticulously planned" the killing, lured Lopez from his home with the help of other gang associates, then boasted of the killing afterward.

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Prosecutors say Lopez and Rios knew each other but had a falling out.

A defense attorney says the only evidence against the 25-year-old Rios was the testimony of others looking to cut a deal with prosecutors.

A second man facing murder charges in Lopez's death is awaiting trial.

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