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Stacy’s killer gets more prison time

BRADENTON — A Bradenton teenager serving a life prison sentence for killing a 9-year-old boy got more prison time this afternoon.

Orlando Valenzuela, 17, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading no contest to racketeering and conspiracy charges.

Valenzuela, who had been set to go to trial on the charges next month, is one of 14 gang members who were part of a criminal enterprise from August 2001 through May 2007, Statewide Prosecutor Diane Croff said.

Valenzuela in July 2008 was convicted of killing Stacy Williams III on May 21, 2007, as the boy rode his bicycle away from a street fight.

Valenzuela and 13 other gang members and associates were arrested on racketeering-related charges in July 2007 during “Operation Tidal Wave.” He and 12 others have taken plea deals and received prison sentences.

The 14th reputed gang member, Jimmy Sanchez, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is set for trial in February, Croff said.

If he is convicted of racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering, Sanchez could be sentenced to up to 60 years in prison.

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