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West Side gang member sentenced to 21 years for murders

Jordan Hidalgo killed a man over a drug deal that went bad.

The Seventh Street Gang member also took part in the murder of a rival.

Together, those crimes earned him a 21-year prison sentence from U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara on Friday.

Hidalgo, 32, pleaded guilty to a non-murder racketeering charge but, as part of his plea deal, admitted killing Raquan Lloyd during a confrontation on Busti Avenue in 2008. Hidalgo was angry over Lloyd’s use of counterfeit money to buy marijuana from him.

Hidalgo also admitted taking part in the murder of rival 10th Street Gang member Eric Morrow on West and Auburn avenues two years earlier. Morrow’s killing was in retaliation for the murder of Seventh Street Gang member Anthony “Ace” Colon.

Esteban Ramos-Cruz, who fired the shot that killed Morrow, pleaded guilty last year.

Hidalgo, who was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph M. Tripi and Wei Xiang, also has a conviction in connection with an assault on a U.S. marshal at the Federal Detention Center in Batavia.

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