Gang Member Gets Life Term for Arlington Slaying

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A convicted gang member has been sentenced to life in prison over random gunfire from an SUV that went through an apartment window and killed a North Texas man.

Prosecutors in Fort Worth on Tuesday announced the penalty for 29-year-old Thomas Ramirez Jr. of Arlington. Ramirez on Friday was convicted of murder. Jurors on Monday ordered the maximum penalty.

Investigators say Ramirez was drunk and doing drugs at the time of the August 2011 shooting that left Ivan Daniel Valenzuela dead. One of the random shots in an Arlington neighborhood went through a screen and an open window - striking Valenzuela. Relatives found the victim.

Prosecutors say Ramirez tried to recruit members for his gang when he was jailed awaiting trial. He also has convictions for burglary, assault and theft.

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