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DALLAS, Texas — A La Familia Homeboy gang member linked to four drive-by shootings in Dallas has been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Texas announced yesterday.

 24-year-old Rafael Rubi previously pled guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in September 2019

In his plea papers, Rubi admitted to being involved in at least four drive-by shootings in Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhood. A query of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, or NIBIN, linked a majority of approximately 119 shell casings, which were recovered from the scenes of the shootings, to two Glock pistols later discovered in Rubi's home and car.

Additionally, Rubi admitted to targeting a driver previously involved in a car accident with his girlfriend and another shooting that targeted the driver's family members.

Federal agents found one of Rubi's Glock pistols stashed in a toilet tank in his apartment, along with heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and other drug paraphernalia.

The other was recovered from his Ford Mustang during a traffic stop hours after the final shooting — officers observed Rubi's passenger making "furtive movements" toward the floorboard where the gun was found. Rubi later admitted to handing and asking his passenger to hide the Glock pistol.

Rubi was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to 17 years in federal prison on the charges.

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