By Wyatt Goolsby
LUBBOCK - A federal judge will soon hand down a lengthy jail sentence to three Latin King gang members after they admitted to a deadly drive-by shooting in Big Spring.
A total of five West Texas Latin King members are facing hefty sentences, but three of them could get life in prison. On Friday, the three pleaded guilty to both a drive-by shooting in Big Spring and drug trafficking.
27-year-old Robert Allen Ramirez of Big Spring, 21-year-old Eduardo Daniel Mares of Seminole, and 21-year-old Gabriel Lee Gonzales of Fort Stockton could end up living out the rest of their lives in federal prison. They were each charged with using a firearm to commit murder in relation to a drug trafficking crime, plus they're also facing several charges of distributing drugs.
On May 4, 2008, six people were shot in Big Spring. Two people died: Michael Cardona and Valerie Garcia, plus Garcia's unborn child. Last week, a U.S. District Judge ordered an investigation before a final sentencing for all three men connected to the crime.
Two other members of the gang were also sentenced to prison time on Friday: 25-year-old Luis Nava of Midland, and 24-year-old Michael Conde of Lamesa. All five are accused of moving marijuana and cocaine across the border to cities like Big Spring, Midland, and Lubbock.