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Ex-Chicago officer sentenced in gang case

HAMMOND, Ind. – A former Chicago police officer has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for his role in armed robberies of drug dealers for the Latin Kings street gang in northwestern Indiana and Chicago.

The judge could have sentenced Antonio Martinez Jr., 42, to life in prison, but agreed Thursday to the shorter term because of Martinez’ cooperation with investigators.

Authorities said Martinez helped in the prosecution of others involved in the gang, including fellow former Chicago officer Alex Guerrero, who is serving a 19-year sentence for armed robbery, The Times of Munster and the Post-Tribune of Merrillville reported.

Martinez first became involved with the Latin Kings after he and Guerrero stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from a relative of a Latin Kings leader, prosecutors said. When that gang leader discovered their involvement, he forced them to steal drugs, money and guns for the gang.

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