YONKERS, N.Y. — A member of a violent New York gang has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for the killing of a 16-year-old Yonkers teenager more than 12 years ago.

Prosecutors say Juan “KJ” Martinez recruited a hit squad to kill Ka’Shawn Phillips in 2005 after they got into a fistfight at a pickup basketball game. The Journal News reports (http://lohud.us/2xkhZaw ) sentencing was announced Wednesday by the U.S. attorney’s office in Westchester County.

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon Kim says his office has charged 149 members and associates of the Trinitarios Gang, of which Martinez was a member.

Kim says he hopes the sentence gives a measure of solace to Phillips’ family.

Information from: The Journal News, http://www.lohud.com

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