ATLANTA (AP) — Two Gwinnett County gang members have pleaded guilty to federal charges, including their involvement in three gang-related slayings, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Alex “Stranger” Romero, 29, and Ruben “Boxer” Hernandez, 25, both of Lawrenceville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of conspiracy under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or “RICO”, statute, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

They are the last two of a dozen defendants arrested in the federal “Brownside Locos” gang case.

Romero, pleaded guilty to the July 2001 drive-by murder of Karlin Antunez and the October 2002 murder of Aldo Vallejo, which occurred in a gun battle between two cars.

He is facing state charges for the July 2001 murder and will most likely be charged and tried for the October 2002 murder, said Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter.

Hernandez, pleaded guilty to the May 1998 drive-by shooting murder of Ricardo Meza. It is likely he will be tried for that crime on the state level as well, Porter said.

The two will be sentenced Jan. 4, said Patrick Crosby, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Both men will most likely be tried on the state level in Gwinnett County as well, as they have admitted guilt in federal court.

“We want to see their sentences before we decide what were going to do,” Porter said Friday.

U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias said in a statement that the gang’s “stock in trade” was fear.

“The gang’s purpose, and what they cared about, was to terrorize people who they thought were rival gang members. It didn’t matter if the person who they scared, hurt or killed turned out not to be a rival gang member, but an innocent person instead. Stopping gang-related intimidation and fear will continue to be a focus of federal law enforcement in North Georgia,” Nahmias said.

Other Brownside Locos members have pleaded guilty to related racketeering charges, Crosby said.

Israel “Puppet” Talavera, pleaded guilty for his involvement in the 2002 murder, and Carlos “Smokey” Maynard-Reyes pleaded guilty for his involvement in the Antunez murder in 2001. One defendant, Julio “Sleepy” Ramos is at large and believed to be in Mexico, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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