Alleged gang members indicted in 2002 killing

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three former members of the Brownside Locos street gang - a once-heinous clique that authorities say is dismantled - were indicted this week for their alleged roles in a 2002 murder.

Two of the indicted men were sentenced in January to stints in federal prison for the same crime.

According to an indictment released Wednesday, the three defendants - Alex Romero, Julio Ramos and Israel Stalabera - will face state charges for the Oct. 27, 2002, murder of Aldo Vallejo, who died in a gunbattle between two cars.

Romero was recently transported from a San Francisco prison to face a second trial here. Assistant District Attorney Lisa Jones, who is prosecuting the case, said Romero's trial should be under way in coming weeks.

District Attorney Danny Porter said the trial will allow local prosecutors to resolve their case against Romero.

It was unclear Thursday whether the other two defendants will stand trial with Romero. Jail records show that neither man is in custody at the Gwinnett County Jail.

Authorities said last year that Ramos, whose nickname is Sleepy, could have fled to Mexico. Records show he has not been arrested in Gwinnett in connection with the murder.

Romero and Stalabera joined a total of 12 known members of Brownside Locos sentenced in federal court Jan. 19 for a slew of violent crimes.

Romero, aka Stranger, of Snellville, was sentenced to 33 years and four months in prison for his role in the July 22, 2001, murder of Karlin Antunez and the later murder of Vallejo.

Stalabera, aka Puppet, of Austell, was sentenced to 17 years and six months in prison for his role in Vallejo's killing.

Now all three men will face state charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, the indictment says.