MS-13 member gets life sentence for murder of rival Fairfax gang member
A member of the street gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was sentenced to life plus ten years in prison Friday for his role as a gang leader and getaway driver in the slaying of a rival gang member in Fairfax County in 2007.
Carlos Bladimir Montoya, 26, of Sterling, headed an MS-13 clique called Unidos Locos Salvatrucha, and was part of a group that searched for Melvin Reyes, reputedly a member of the 18th Street gang.
On May 5, 2007, at the Springfield Garden apartments on Commerce Street in the Springfield area, they found Reyes. Two fellow gang members chased Reyes and shot him seven times, evidence showed.
Fairfax police took the case to federal authorities, who have made fighting street gangs in Northern Virginia a priority. Last year, the two gunmen in the case, Sergio Amador Amador and Oscar Lobo Lopez, also were convicted and received life sentences.
A jury convicted Montoya in January of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering activity, aiding and abetting murder in aid of racketeering activity, and aiding and abetting the use of a firearm during a crime of violence causing death. U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton imposed the life term on Friday.
“In the past year, four MS-13 gang members have received life sentences for killing rival gang members,” U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride said in a press release Friday. “We’re determined to put an end to gang violence and punish those responsible.”
-- Tom Jackman
May 21, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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