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2nd Man Sentenced in Vermont-to-Boston Drugs-for-Guns Plan

Darwin Medina, 35, was sentenced in federal court in Burlington to serve 135 months in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's office

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A second Boston man who was said to be a member of the Latin Kings street gang was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison Tuesday for his role in a Vermont-to-Boston drugs-for-guns plan.

The U.S. Attorney's office says that Darwin Medina, 35, was sentenced in federal court in Burlington to serve 135 months in prison.

Medina's sentencing came less than two weeks after his co-defendant, John Guerrero, 27, was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for his role in the same plan.

Medina's sentence was part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

His attorney, Mark Oettinger, said the sentence was substantial, but fair. Oettinger said his client hopes to earn a college degree while in prison.

"I believe that at the age of 35 there will be life after prison," Oettinger said.

Prosecutors say that between the fall of 2017 and March 2018 the two men were responsible for the distribution of at least 2.8 kilograms of crack cocaine in the Franklin County area and for the movement of at least 30 illegally purchased firearms from Vermont to Boston.

At least five of the weapons were recovered by Boston-area police.

Six Vermonters have pleaded guilty to gun charges in the case.

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