An illegal immigrant gang member has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the brutal machete slaying of a Virginia man.
Walter Antonio Argueta Amaya, 21, is one of four gang members who pleaded guilty to killing 24-year-old Marvin Joel Rivera Guevara, who was hacked to death with a knife in Albemarle County.
His badly mutilated body was found in Scottsville in July 2017 after he was said to have disrespected the MS-13 gang of which Amaya, of El Salvador, was a member.
Guevara was struck at least 144 times by the machete in an attack so violent and sustained that the handle of the knife broke off from the blade.
The Virginia Medical Examiner said he could not be identified by his family and DNA testing had to be used.
The group are said to have targeted Marvin after he told a colleague at a Charlottesville restaurant that the mob did not make the rules in America.
The MS-13 gang was founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s and is known for using extreme violence to control territory and spread fear, The Daily Progress reports.
Its motto is ‘mata, roba, viola, control’ (Kill, steal, rape, control) and members are known for their distinctive tattoos, according to Newsweek.
Court records show Guevara went with another gang member, Juan Carlos Argueta, 19, to meet with women in July 2017.
When they arrived at Woolen Mills in in Scottsville they were met by Amaya and two others in the violent group, Jose Luis Escobar-Umana, 23, and Juan Carlos Zelaya, 19.
Escobar-Umana is then said to have forced Guevara to walk toward the creek at gunpoint before he was hit by the machete hundreds of times.
Amaya, an undocumented immigrant, now faces deportation on his release from prison after Guevara’s brutal slaying.
If he returns to the US he could serve 50 more years for violating his terms.
He was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years for first-degree murder and 15 years for murder by lynching when he appeared before an Albemarle County judge.
Escobar-Umana pleaded guilty to the same charges as Amaya while Argueta and Zelaya both pleaded guilty to gang participation and lynching in Guevara’s killing.
Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci said: ‘We need to send the message that gang violence won’t be tolerated in Albemarle County.’
WHAT IS MS-13?
President Donald Trump said in May that he ‘is committed to protecting communities from the violent animals of MS-13’.
MS-13 is a transnational gang that has committed horrendous acts of violence across America.
The gang’s motto is ‘mata, viola, controla’ which means ‘kill, rape, control’.
There are more than 10,000 MS-13 members in the US and more than 30,000 worldwide.
MS-13 leaders in the US often communicate and take orders from gang leaders in El Salvador.
Long Island communities have been strongly impacted by the violence and suffering spread by MS-13.
Police suspect the gang was involved in at least 25 killings on Long Island between 2016 and 2018.
President Trump believes loopholes need to be eliminated to combat MS-13: ‘Transnational gangs such as MS-13 take advantage of our porous borders and seek to use our current immigration system to their advantage’.
MS-13 has sought to use the influx of unaccompanied alien children entering the US for recruitment.
Source: White House