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Trump cites Montgomery cases on MS-13 violence

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White House LogoDays after President Trump used the word “animals” to describe people “coming into the country” in response to a question about gangs, he has refused to apologize and has cited cases in Montgomery County as evidence that some gang members are “animals.”

On Monday, the White House Press Secretary’s Office released a statement detailing violent attacks by members of the international gang Mara Salvatrucha-13, more commonly known as MS-13.

The statement specifically mentioned two cases involving alleged members of MS-13 in Montgomery County, doubling down on the “animal” comment the president made which drew widespread criticism as many people interpreted the comment as an attack against all undocumented immigrants, not only members of MS-13.

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MS 13 gang member sentenced in killing

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ROCKVILLE — A Montgomery County judge sentenced MS-13 gang member Juan Gutierrez-Vazquez, age 17, to 40 years in prison Feb. 8 for his role in a June 2016 murder that took place in a Gaithersburg park.

“40 years behind bars is a long time for him to think about the crime he has committed but not nearly as long as a lifetime of sorrow that Berta, the mom of Cristian Villagran-Morales has to think about the loss of her son,” said Ramon Korionoff, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney.

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MS-13 members indicted under racketeering charges

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handcuffed manA federal grand jury indicted eight Maryland-based MS-13 gang members under federal racketeering charges.

The grand jury indicted Michael Eduardo Contreras, 22, of Silver Spring; Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, 20, of Beltsville; Kevin Alexis Hernandez-Guevara, 20, of Landover Hills; Rolando Aristides Juarez-Vasquez, 22, of Hyattsville; Jeffry Rodriguez 21, of Beltsville; Junior Noe Alvarado-Requeno, 20, of Landover; Luis Fernando Orellana-Estrada, 18, of Hyattsville and Donald Roberto Mendez-Lopez, 18, of Hyattsville.

Alvarado-Requino, Hernandez-Guevara, Juarez-Vasquez and Tejada-Cruz face a maximum sentence of life in prison, while Rodriguez, Contreras, Orellana-Estrada and Mendez-Lopez face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise. Both Orellana-Estrada and Mendez-Lopez face additional 20-year sentences while Tejada-Cruz and Hernandez-Guevara face additional 10-year sentences for extortion charges.

“The work on that federal indictment was done by prosecutors in my office and then the men and women who work for (Montgomery County Police Chief) Tom Manger in the police department,” said State’s Attorney for Montgomery County John McCarthy about the indictment.

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Feds To Prosecute MS-13

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Six defendants face multiple charges in similar cases of murder and racketeering

 

Federal authorities say they are prosecuting six local men under federal racketeering statutes following at least three murders in the last two years.

The latest indictment is against one of the defendants in an alleged gang-related murder that took place in Gaithersburg last summer. That man is now being prosecuted in federal court under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act.

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