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Gang member gets 30 years for 2009 murder involving rival West Side gang

Eric Morrow was a casualty of the bloody gang feud that terrorized the lower West Side.

His killer is now going to prison.

Esteban Ramos-Cruz, a member of the Seventh Street Gang, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to 30 years in prison.

Ramos-Cruz, 29, had previously pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge and, as part of his plea deal, admitted shooting and killing Morrow in 2009.

Morrow, an associate of the rival 10th Street Gang, was gunned down on West and Auburn avenues in retaliation for the murder of Seventh Street member Anthony “Ace” Colon.

Ramos-Cruz is also known for his appearance on America’s Most Wanted after he fled Buffalo in 2011 and remained on the lam until his arrest in Massachusetts about six months later.

His sentence is the result of an investigation by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the Buffalo Police and State Police, and a prosecution led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi.


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