A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 21 years in prison for his part in a gang-related killing in Anaheim four years ago, according to court records obtained Monday.

Albert Jose Curiel, who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and participating in gang activity in April, was sentenced Friday to 21 years and eight months in prison. He was given credit for 1,676 days behind bars.

Curiel was one of five defendants charged in the killing of 36-year-old Eduardo Curiel Molina of Anaheim, who was shot after midnight Nov. 14, 2015, in a parking lot at 240 E. Orangewood Ave.

Curiel and the victim were not related, police said.

Curiel and the defendants were in a car parked near Ponderosa Park, which was rival gang territory, when the driver, 20-year-old Jose Rauda, summoned the victim over and allegedly shot him, according to testimony in the preliminary hearing of one of the defendants.

Co-defendant Martin Fernando Diaz, 25, pleaded guilty May 2 to attempted murder with a sentencing enhancement for gang activity and was sentenced to 29 years in prison.

The other defendants, who are charged with murder with a special circumstance allegation that the killing was committed for the benefit of a street gang, are Fernando Jesus Castillo, 23, Sabrina Marie Varela, 22, and Rauda.

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