Gang member sentenced to 35 years in prison for role in Poughkeepsie teen’s fatal shooting

Brandon Soto is facing 35 years in prison for his part in the death of Jalani Jones. Police say Jones was shot in the head on Sept. 21, 2020 after Soto drove a fellow gang member to the location.

News 12 Staff

Mar 8, 2024, 2:12 PM

Updated 76 days ago

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A prominent gang member has been sentenced for his role in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old from Poughkeepsie.
Brandon Soto is facing 35 years in prison for his part in the death of Jalani Jones. Police say Jones was shot in the head on Sept. 21, 2020 after Soto drove a fellow gang member to the location.
Authorities say Soto provided that member, who was also a teenager at the time, with the gun and directions to commit the shooting.
Following the murder, he set fire to the car he used and made sure people involved deleted their social media accounts.
Soto pleaded guilty to the killing in October of 2022. Authorities say he faces multiple charges including racketeering, conspiracy and providing a firearm to a minor with reason to believe they would commit a crime of violence.


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