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Former “Hot Boys” Robbery Crew Member Sentenced To 279 Months In Prison In Connection With The Murder Of Kelly Diaz And Other Crimes

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ALVARADO DOMINGUEZ, a/k/a “Jochi,” 32, was sentenced today to 279 months in prison for his participation in the “Hot Boys” robbery crew, including an October 27, 2006, robbery that resulted in the murder of Kelly Diaz.  DOMINGUEZ pled guilty on August 13, 2018, before Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron to participating in a racketeering conspiracy and conspiring to distribute marijuana.  His plea was accepted today by U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni, who also imposed sentence.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said:  “Alvarado Dominguez and the members of his crew conducted terrifying, armed home invasions in upper Manhattan and the Bronx.  During one of those robberies, Kelly Diaz was murdered.  Today’s sentence protects the public from Dominguez for a long time to come.”

According to the Indictment, other filings in Manhattan federal court, and evidence presented in court in connection with the sentencing:

From at least 2006 through 2017, ALVARADO DOMINGUEZ, a/k/a “Jochi,” and other members and associates of a racketeering enterprise known as the “Hot Boys,” committed murder, assault, robbery and burglary, used firearms, and distributed controlled substances, including cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and prescription opiates. 

On October 27, 2006, DOMINGUEZ and other members of the Hot Boys robbed Diaz and his wife in their home in Washington Heights.  In the course of that robbery, Diaz was shot and killed.

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Mr. Berman praised the outstanding work of the FBI and the NYPD’s Grand Larceny Division in this investigation. 

This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Hagan Scotten and David W. Denton Jr. are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 21, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 19-050