Luis Cruz sentenced in death of Armanis Valdez

Luis Cruz was sentenced for the death of Armanis Valdez. (Valdez photo from his obituary; screengrab from FREEDOMNEWS TV – NATIONAL/YouTube)

A reputed gang member in New York learned his fate this week for firing a single shot from a .380-caliber pistol that killed a 17-year-old aspiring rapper out filming a video in a crowded McDonald’s parking lot, prosecutors said.

Luis Cruz, 21, was sentenced to 13 years in prison and five years post-release supervision in the death of Armanis Valdez, prosecutors said in a news release. Cruz pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on May 30.

“Rival gang members showed up at the filming of a music video at a McDonald’s and exchanged gunfire,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said. “Five people were shot, including a 17-year-old boy who died from his wounds. The defendant fired the fatal shot.”

Cruz’s attorney, Lawrence Sheehan, told the judge Cruz “had a rough life” but has denied being a gang member, Gothamist reported.

The judge minced no words, saying his actions were gang-like and the potential for others to be hurt was considerable.

“This is like a nightmare situation,” the judge said, Gothamist reported.

Luis Cruz sentenced in death of Armanis Valdez

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