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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Gang members convicted of murders in Holmes Run Park

Lopez-Torres [U.S. Attorney's Office]
Six members of the street gang La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) were convicted by a federal jury May 9 for their roles in three murders and one attempted murder in Northern Virginia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Northern Virginia reports.

The gang members’ crimes dealt with the brutal murder and decapitation of two men in Holmes Run Stream Valley Park in Mason District. FBI agents spent a couple of days in May 2014 searching for the bodies in that park.

“Extreme violence is the hallmark of MS-13, and these horrific crimes represent exactly what the gang stands for,” said federal attorney Dana J. Boente. “This was a highly complicated, death penalty-eligible case with 13 defendants and more than two dozen defense attorneys.”

“The defendants terrorized our local communities with senseless, depraved acts of threats, intimidation, and violence,” said Paul M. Abbate, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office. “This verdict sends a clear message that the FBI will hold violent gangs and murderers fully accountable for their actions.”

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, on Oct. 1, 2013, Jose Lopez Torres, Jaime Rosales Villegas, and others drove to Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge to murder a fellow gang member. Another gang member, Pedro Anthony Romero Cruz, participated from prison on a contraband cell phone.

However, one of the gang members in the car had not only alerted police to the murder plot, he also made recorded phone calls and wore a body wire to a meeting where the gang members planned the murder. As a result, the gang members’ vehicle was under surveillance that night, the victim had been warned to not be at school, and the informant was wearing a body wire.

Holmes Run Park, where the FBI found the bodies of murdered gang members.
The gang believed Nelson Omar Quintanilla Trujillo was a snitch so they lured him to Holmes Run Park, where he was killed with knives and a machete and decapitated by Torres, Omar DeJesus Castillo, Juan Carlos Marquez Ayala, Araely Santiago Villanueva, Jose Del Cid, and three others.

They buried Trujillo in a shallow grave. Several gang members returned a short time later and, with the assistance of Alvin Gaitan Benitez, reburied the body.

On March 29, 2014, court records and evidence show that Castillo, Benitez, Christian Lemus Cerna, Manuel Ernesto Paiz Guevara, Villanueva, Del Cid, and another MS-13 member murdered Gerson Adoni Martinez Aguilar, a gang recruit, for breaking gang rules. Like Trujillo, Aguilar was lured to Holmes Run Park, where they repeatedly stabbed him, cut off his head, and buried him in a shallow grave.

Jesus Alejandro Chavez, Del Cid, and Genaro Sen Garcia were convicted in the murder of Julio Urrutia. On June 19, 2014, several gang members, including Chavez, who had been released from prison eight days earlier, were out looking for rival gang members when they approached a group of young men, flashed their gang signs, and challenged them about their gang affiliation. During the exchange Chavez pulled out a gun and shot Urrutia in the neck at point blank range.

A total of 13 defendants were charged in this case. Of those, six defendants went to trial and were convicted of all charges. Six defendants pleaded guilty prior to trial, and one defendant was severed from the case and will have a separate trial at a later date.

Each defendant convicted at trial faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison when sentenced. Villegas and Cruz face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the conspiracy to commit murder charge, in addition to a consecutive minimum sentence of 10 years in prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Villegas also faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the attempted murder charge.

The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress. The actual sentence for each defendant will be determined by the court based on advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

17 comments:

  1. And Penny Gross thinks Mason is a paradise. Build a wall and keep the crap out, that is what will make Mason a better place. Return this junk to sender in a cage. And they are so young, they have the devil surely in them.

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    1. Just. Shut. Up.

      Please.

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    2. Its because of people shutting up we have this problem of living amongst this garbage. If you think they are so great and worth defending, pack them up in your van and drive across the border where you and they belong. And guess what, the drug lords in Mexico will take very good care of you and your friends for good!

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    3. Straw man much 747? You sure do infer a lot from 4 words. I'm guess 1153 just didn't want to hear you grandstand with the usual BS.

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    4. Adam, thank you; that's exactly what I meant. Yet, 7:47 just had to blather on. *sigh*

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  2. Death penalty eligible - I'm liking the sound of that.

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  3. An informant was wearing a body wire to the meeting where the murder was planned and the authorities didn't stop the murder?

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    1. I know, it's really shocking how far the FBI lets its confidential informants go.

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  4. This case belies Penny's comment at a community meeting that previous murders were merely cases of "domestic violence". Regardless of the nature of the crime, they are frightening and proliferating. Mason District is far from being paradise. We need recognition of the problems, not a happy face attitude. We also need solid measures to address them, e.g. community awareness, more police officers and continued police/ community partnerships. Mason District can be the place it once was if the political will is there to do it.

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    1. Gangsters all.

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    2. I love this trail and now I will have second thoughts about using it. Thank you Supervisor Gross for not keeping our community safe from this trash that does not belong here, I'm just grateful they have been caught. They need to be put in a Ninja blender and poured down the drain.

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    3. Penny Gross lives in LALA land.

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  5. Waste of taxpayer dollars to keep this garbage housed, fed, and airconditioned..

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    1. Agreed. Death penalty now.

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  6. The sad thing is even if they get life sentences they always end up being deported anyway and then they just come right back over and do the same thing!!!

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  7. The sad thing is that they will not end up serving life. They will be deported after a few years,and then come right back over and do the same thing all over again!!!

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    1. The sad thing is that the root causes of this violence - NAFTA, CAFTA and the policies of the WTO and World Bank - are still accepted US foreign policy and nothing is in the works to dismantle these unholy neocon creations. Both political parties are fully signed on. It is time for real change. Ask why these young men are here doing these things to each other. The answers will surprise you.

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