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Woman pleads guilty to her role in 2010 Tacoma gang killing

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Dec. 19, 2012 at 11:42 am |
December 19, 2012 11:42 am

A 30-year-old woman pleaded guilty today to her role in a fatal 2010 gang-related shooting.

Leah Marie Aguilar Alvarez was convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery. Alvarez originally was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and the conspiracy charge in the March 25 death of Saul Lucas-Alfonso, 25. She’s to be sentenced later this year.

Lucas-Alfonso was shot to death by a member of a local street gang after he and two friends encountered gang members burglarizing a car in a South Tacoma alley.

Prosecutors said the gang members had gone to the area planning to rob another man to recover a debt when they confronted Lucas-Alfonso and his group.

Alvarez was accused of buying the gun used to kill Lucas-Alfonso and for helping to plan “debt collection” that ultimately led to the shooting.

Alvarez’s husband, Byron Alvarez, pleaded guilty earlier this year to second-degree murder in the case and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Three other men are charged in Lucas-Alfonso’s death but remain at large. Authorities believe they have fled to Mexico.


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