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Leader of gang in killing of prosecutor arrested

By on February 12, 2016

SAN JUAN – Authorities say they have arrested the alleged head of an auto theft gang whose other members have been arrested in last month’s killing of a prosecutor.

Corrections Secretary Einar Ramos López says 33-year-old James O. “Pilín” Santana González was arrested Friday night in a San Juan neighborhood after authorities received a confidential tip.

The suspect had escaped from custody last year and was subsequently sentenced to 165 years imprisonment for murder. It was not immediately clear if he would be charged in the prosecutor’s killing.

Police last month arrested three members of the same gang in the slaying of 42-year-old San Juan prosecutor Francelis Ortiz. The men allegedly followed her home after spotting her at an intersection and shot her several times including in the face.

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