José Rafael Ortega-Ayala, alias Impatient, 30, of Greenbelt, MD, was sentenced Monday to life in prison for extortion and murder with the help of accomplices, against a teenager who was allegedly accused of meeting with the police, a fact that turned out to be false.
According to court documents, on March 8, 2019, Ortega-Ayala, along with José Henry Hernández-García and other members of the so-called Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), “interrogated” the victim and tortured him before ordering his death. .
Once the crime was committed, they took the body to a vehicle and
transported to a secluded location in Stafford County, Virginia, where they set it on fire and then destroyed and concealed evidence of the murder.
On March 6, José Domingo Ordóñez Zometa, another of the accused, was sentenced to life imprisonment. And on August 4, Hernández García also received the same sentence.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron for the District of Maryland, and Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office David Sundberg made ad.
The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and state and local law enforcement investigated the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a Department of Justice program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve, to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for all.