The leader of the Latin Kings street gang in Huntington was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years in federal prison after admitting to conspiring with gunmen in shooting suspected gang rivals.
Angel Cordero, 29, had pleaded guilty at Central Islip federal court to conspiracy to commit assaults, attempted assault and illegal possession of a firearm. Twenty one other members and associates have also pleaded guilty in the case.
“In his bid to own the streets of Huntington Station, Cordero turned those streets into a shooting gallery, unleashing gunfire throughout the community, including near a school,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
She was referring to the Jack Abrams Intermediate School in Huntington Station, which school board members voted to close in 2010, citing the nearby violence.
Cordero’s 22-year-old co-defendant, Edwin Morejon, a fellow member of the Huntington Latin Kings, was also sentenced to 16 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to his role in the shootings.
In one incident, Morejon and another Latin Kings member started a shootout with two people they believed were members of the rival Southside Posse street gang, hitting one victim in the leg on Oct. 18, 2009.
In another incident, Cordero shot at a group of individuals he believed to be members of the rival Crips street gang on March 11, 2010—two weeks before he and nine other suspects were arrested.