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Darryl "Reese" Johnson, an admitted killer described by police as one of the most violent gangsters in Buffalo history, was sentenced today to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Johnson, 31, the main enforcer for the LA Boys street gang, pleaded guilty to drug racketeering in January, sparing himself a trial that could have resulted in a death sentence.

U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin sentenced Johnson today. Under the plea deal, defense lawyers and Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. agreed that eight terms of life imprisonment -- with no chance of parole -- were appropriate.

A California native who moved to Buffalo about 1986, Johnson admitted taking part in three murders, including the killing of one of his best friends, Marcus Carmichael, during a spree of violence that lasted from 1987 until 1992.

He also admitted to a wide range of other crimes, including kidnappings, drive-by shootings, attempting to kill a prosecution witness, trafficking in cocaine and forcing other drug dealers to pay "protection money."

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