Gang Member Sentenced for 2009 Homicide

Sentenced to 30 years in prison

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    A Hammond, Indiana gang member was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a homicide that occurred in East Chicago last year.

    Julius Alexander Solis, 20, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. He is responsible for the death of 31-year-old Alonzo Cavozos, whom Solis fatally shot in the back of his neck on May 3, 2009 with a stolen gun. Cavozos left behind three young children.

    “My daughter asks who is going to walk her down the aisle when she is married and my son gave up baseball because his dad is not there,” Melba Figueroa, Cavozos' wife, said.

    Solis has a record of indifference for the law -- being expelled from high school at 15, charged for possession of marijuana at 16 and consistently violating probation. The 30-year sentence was delivered Tuesday.