Man sentenced for home invasions

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A member of a home invasion gang that preyed on drug dealers in the Lafayette area has been sentenced to about 23 years in federal prison.

Leon Papillion Jr. was convicted on June 2 on drug conspiracy and attempted drug possession charges. He was sentenced in Lafayette on Thursday.

Six other gang members also have been sentenced to terms ranging from about five years to 102 years. Prosecutors say the group committed home invasions of drug dealers and robbed them of drugs, money and firearms. Some of the attacks also involved assault and rape.

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