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Reformed Gang Members Sent to Jail

Reformed Gang Members Sent to Jail



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Mario and Joseph Vigil have done a lot to change their lives over the past 12 years.

They've transformed themselves from gang members to family men. Joseph owns a business. Mario's bosses say he's a trustworthy, dependable worker.

But those reforms won't prevent the two men from paying for past crimes.

Yesterday a judge sentenced the 29-year-old Joseph Vigil to two years in jail and probation for his role in the 1995 shooting death of Oscar Herrera. His uncle Mario, 30, will spend a year in jail and serve probation for the crime.

Police say Herrera died two weeks after a gang shooting that wounded Mario Vigil in the neck.

The case was only recently solved, after police reopened the file because a third family member was trying to negotiate a shorter prison sentence.

Both men pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree felony manslaughter. Joseph Vigil also pleaded guilty to burglary.

Mario Vigil originally confessed to the crime after being arrested in 1995 but for an unknown reason was never prosecuted.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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