Gang member gets 20 years for killing

LAWRENCEVILLE - A former member of the Brownside Locos street gang pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for his role in a 2002 gun battle in which a man died, a Gwinnett County prosecutor said.

Alex Romero, 30, was sentenced to 20 years in prison to be served concurrently with his federal sentence, said Lisa Jones, an assistant district attorney. Romero is currently in the Gwinnett County Jail, but he will be sent back to a federal prison.

A Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman said Romero is assigned to Atwaters Penitentiary, a high-security facility in California. He is serving a 33-year sentence for conspiracy to commit racketeering activity and, with good behavior, could be released in 2032, she said.

Romero, Israel Stalabera and Julio Ramos were indicted in Gwinnett County in December on several charges related to the Oct. 27, 2002, death of Aldo Vallejo.

Stalabera is in a federal prison serving a 17-year sentence for his role in Vallejo's killing. Jones said warrants have not been served on him.

Ramos has never been found, and authorities said he could have fled to Mexico.

Romero, Stalabera and 10 other Brownside Locos members were sentenced Jan. 19, 2007, in federal court for a slew of violent crimes.