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Former gang boss remains in Illinois despite efforts to move him

TAMMS, Ill. (AP) -- David Ayala was once reputed to be a leader of one of the most violent Chicago gangs. Now, he's serving a life sentence in solitary confinement at the Tamms supermax prison.

Ayala hasn't been convicted of any crime during his 26 years in prison. He publicly renounced his gang more than nine years ago. His family claims he's a changed man.

Yet, he remains in the harshest conditions the Illinois Department of Corrections doles out -- 23 hours a day of solitary confinement inside Tamms in southern Illinois' Alexander County.

Ayala was arrested at 18 for the shooting deaths of two Latin King gang members on the West Side of Chicago. He received a life sentence in 1983.

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