An MS-13 gang member has been sentenced to 30 years in jail for his half in a machete slaying of a person in Albemarle County.
Walter Antonio Argueta Amaya, a 21-year-old Salvadorian nationwide, admitted to hacking to demise Marvin Joel Rivera Guevara. Guevara’s mutilated physique was present in a creek within the Woolen Mills neighborhood in Scottsville, Virginia in July 2017.
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Amaya, who’s an undocumented immigrant, will serve 15 years of a 40-year sentence for first-degree homicide and 15 years of a 40-year sentence for homicide by lynching, stories The Every day Progress.
Amaya additionally obtained 10 years for abduction and 5 years for legal gang participation. Each these sentences have been suspended.
Amaya was certainly one of 4 MS-13 gang members to plead responsible to Guevara’s killing. The sentencing of Juan Carlos Argueta, Jose Luis Escobar-Umana and Eduardo Zelaya are all as a consequence of happen at later dates.
Escobar-Umana pleaded responsible to the identical prices as Amaya, whereas Argueta and Zelaya admitted gang participation and lynching in connection to Guevara’s demise in alternate for dropping first-degree homicide and abduction prices.
In accordance with court docket information, Guevara—who was additionally within the nation illegally—was focused after telling a co-worker that the notorious El Salvadorian gang didn’t make the foundations within the U.S.
Guevara didn’t have any associations with any gangs, The Every day Progress stories.
The gang members hacked at Guevara’s physique with machetes at the least 144 instances after forcing him into the creek at gunpoint. His physique was so badly mutilated that his household was unable to determine him, which means DNA testing had for use to, in accordance with the Virginia Medical Examiner.
After his launch, Amaya should observe at the least 40 years of excellent conduct and has been banned from making contact with the sufferer’s household. He may also probably be deported again to El Salvador following his launch.
If he returns to the U.S., Amaya can be sentenced to an extra 50 years in jail for violating his phrases, stories WVIR.
The infamous MS-13 gang was based in Los Angeles within the 1980s and is believed to have as many as 10,000 members within the U.S. The gang is thought for its members’ distinctive tattoos and excessive legal exercise, greatest summed up by its motto “Mata, roba, viola, management” (Kill, steal, rape, management).
In 2012, the U.S. Division of the Treasury formally designated MS-13 as a “transnational legal group,” becoming a member of different feared gangs such because the Yakuza in Japan and Mexican cartel the Zetas.