EPHRATA — The first of three men accused in the gang-related September 2011 shooting of a Quincy man was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison.
Gerardo Valenzuela Navarro, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Ramiro “Junior” Muñoz, 40, who was shot to death while protecting others from gunfire outside a family reunion on Quincy’s C Street. Police said Valenzuela, who entered an Alford plea in March, opened fire after Muñoz warned gangmembers away from the party, where young children were present.
Two other Quincy men accused of participating in the shooting, Erwin Vazquez, 21, and Eddie Alvarez Hernandez, 22, are also charged with second-degree murder.
Valenzuela was extradited from North Carolina after U.S. Marshals located him there in July 2012. He was sentenced on Friday. Muñoz’s death sparked a series of public marches in support of ending gang violence in Quincy.