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2 Dodge City men convicted of gang crimes

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Two Dodge City men have been convicted of several gang-related crimes, including murder.

A federal jury on Thursday convicted 27-year-old Pedro Garcia and 28-year-old Gonzalo Ramirez for crimes committed in 2008 and 2009. The men are both members of the Norteno street gang.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom's office says each man faces sentencing Jan. 6 on nine counts, ranging from racketeering to murder. Ramirez also will be sentenced on four other counts, including attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

They were convicted of the fatal shooting of Israel Peralta at a Dodge City trailer park, a home robbery and an assault of people the men believed to be members of a rival gang. Prosecutors said the crimes were committed to intimidate rival gang members and the public.