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Sentencing in stabbing death for Dominicans Don’t Play gang members

Photo Credit: Courtesy Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office

SPECIAL REPORT: Three purported members of the Dominicans Don’t Play gang are set to be sentenced tomorrow — one for more than 20 years — for their roles in the stabbing death of a Teaneck man.

Gabriel “Flaco” Pujols agreed to a 23-year prison sentence when he pleaded guilty last April to aggravated manslaughter, admitting that he stabbed Garcia. An associate, Frederick DeLeon took a 15-year deal and testified against a third man, Manuel “Bimby” Ramirez.

Ramirez went to trial and was acquitted in November of murder but convicted of reckless manslaughter. He faces a minimum of 10 years – and possibly more, due to convictions for hindering his arrest.

All three convicts have been held at the Bergen County Jail pending sentencing by Superior Court Judge Edward Jerejian tomorrow morning in Hackensack.

DeLeon testified during his plea last year that he and Pujols, both from Union City, left a Hackensack house party in a car driven by Ramirez when they passed a group of men, turned around and got out.

The men ran, but the DDP trio caught up to Victor Garcia, 20.

They asked him whether he belonged to the Trinitario street gang, but, before he could answer, attacked him.

Garcia died a week after being stabbed several times in the June 2009 attack. Authorities said he didn’t belong to a gang.

A fourth defendant, who was 16 at the time, was brought before a Family Court judge on a gang-related complaint. But that was later dropped after authorities determined he wasn’t involved.

STORY: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter (MUGSHOTS: Courtesy Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office)

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