LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles gang leader who took part in a 1990s kidnapping and murder spree has been sentenced to 218 years to life in prison.

City News Service says Pierre Mercado was sentenced Friday. He was convicted of four murders and other crimes.

Mercado’s lawyer says he’ll appeal.

Prosecutors say Mercado was in a group called the Asian Boyz and took part in a 1995 crime spree designed to make it the most feared gang in town. Members shot at least eight people, including many they mistook for rivals.

Mercado and his brother, gang founder Marvin Mercado, later hid for more than a decade in the Philippines, where Marvin married into a wealthy family.

They were later extradited, and Marvin Mercado is serving a life sentence for eight murders.

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