April 6, 1996 in Nation/World

Three Sentenced For ‘Hunting Black Men’

Compiled From Wire Services

Three men were sentenced to life in prison Friday for killing one black man and wounding two others in what prosecutors called a hunting trip to start a race war.

Eli Trevino Mungia, 21; his 25-year-old cousin Ricky Rivera Mungia and Roy Ray Martin, 20, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings. They were convicted in November of violating civil rights and gun laws.

The men also face state charges of murder and attempted murder for the October 1994 shootings.

The three set out “hunting black men, luring them to their car and shooting them at close range with a short-barreled shotgun,” prosecutors said, bent on causing widespread racial problems.

Melvin Johnson, 37, died on a curb from chest and neck wounds.

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