MS-13 gang members convicted of crimes in VIRGINIA

A federal jury yesterday convicted four members of the Northern Virginia MS-13 gang for drug distribution, racketeering and their role in two attempted murders in Prince William County in 2019.

According to court records and evidence presented during a three-week trial, Roberto Cruz Moreno, 22, of Woodbridge, and Marvin Torres, 21, of Manassas, were “chequeos,” who are soldiers, in the Guanacos Lil Cycos (GLCS). from MS-13; Kevin Perez Sandoval, 24, of Warrenton, was an “observation,” who is a lower-level soldier in the GLCS cabal; and José Rosales Juárez, 27, of Manassas, was a “stopper,” who is an entry-level member of the GLCS clique.

In March 2019, Cruz Moreno captured three other GLCS gang members and a victim identified as EPA and led them to a secluded wooded area in Bristow, where one GLCS gang member shot EPA multiple times and another stabbed EPA in the neck. They did this because GLCS gang members believed that the EPA was disrespecting MS-13 and associating with a rival gang. Following the assassination attempt, Cruz Moreno fled the scene with the other three GLCS participants and took them to his residence. In April 2019, local law enforcement officers in Fairfax County found Cruz Moreno in possession of the same firearm used to shoot the EPA and several grams of packaged cocaine in his vehicle, along with three other GLCS gang members. who were traveling with him in the vehicle. Cruz Moreno had been selling cocaine earlier that day on behalf of the cabal.

In July 2019, Torres identified a victim, known as NMS, as a member of a rival gang in GLCS-controlled territory and provided photos of NMS to fellow gang members. On August 3 and 4, 2019, Rosales Juárez staked out the NMS at a restaurant in Manassas, discussing plans to kill NMS with the first word or leader of GLCS, Andy Tovar, 32, of the White Post. Tovar is considered one of the highest-ranking MS-13 members in the United States. On August 12, 2019, Tovar granted permission to carry out the NMS murder That day, Pérez Sandoval led two MS-13 members or associates to recover a firearm and then returned to the NMS location where he they shot. Pérez Sandoval then led the associates from the scene of the shooting to Rosales Juárez’s residence. Rosales Juárez provided Pérez Sandoval with a different car to drive and rented a hotel room for the other two GLCS gang members involved in the NMS assassination attempt, in order to make it more difficult for police to detect those involved. law enforcement.

Prior to this trial, on February 4, Tovar pleaded guilty to each of the crimes charged in an indictment, including participating in conspiracy to murder a victim identified as MRG Tovar authorized GLCS gang members to kill MRG, and on July 3, 2017, GLCS gang members traveled from Prince William County to Charlottesville to assassinate MRG because the GLCS cabal believed MRG was a rival gang member. Following Tovar’s authorization, four GLCS gang members stabbed MRG to death more than 140 times with knives and a machete before dumping the victim’s body in a creek, burning his car and fleeing back to Prince William County.

Tovar, Cruz Moreno and Pérez Sandoval each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison. Torres and Rosales Juárez each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are often less than the maximum sentences. Tovar will be sentenced on July 13, and Cruz Moreno, Pérez Sandoval, Torres and Rosales Juárez will be sentenced on August 31. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the US Sentencing Guidelines and other legal factors.