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HAMMOND — Federal prosecutors want a judge to sentence an East Chicago man to nearly five years in prison for his involvement in the Latin Kings street gang, U.S. District Court records show.

Nestor Sanzon, 22, pleaded guilty in March 2017 to one count of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity.

He was accused of "posting up," paying dues and attending meetings, and carrying a firearm for the Latin Kings between 2013 and 2016. Sanzon admitted during a change of plea hearing last year he and others were involved in a shooting, but it was unclear who fired the bullet that wounded a man's leg.

Sanzon previously was accused of shooting into a car full of teenagers in 2015 at a Hobart gas station. Lake County prosecutors dropped charges connected to that case in May 2016, when a federal indictment was filed against Sanzon alleging participation in the racketeering conspiracy.

The U.S. attorney's office confirmed Sanzon was once charged in the Hobart case, but declined to comment on why charges linked to that case were never filed in federal court.

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The U.S. attorney's office filed a sentencing memorandum this week seeking a 57-month prison sentence.

A sentencing hearing for Sanzon has yet to be scheduled.

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