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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

By Tom Jackman  |  May 21, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Gangs , Homicide , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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enjoy prison tough guy

Posted by: yoooooooo | May 21, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

All three of these scum bags need to be executed and the bodies deported to their home countries.

Posted by: zcxnissan | May 21, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

could we bring back public hangings?

Posted by: ksowa | May 21, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I am finally coming around to the late Senator Kennedy's vision of immigration to our country. Let's forget going directly to the folks waiting patiently who have applied for admission, who most likely bring a skill, talent and a respect for the nations laws to our shores. Let's continue our current open border policy and admit more colorful people like these specimens shooting up our streets. One can never have enough gangs and tattoos machetes and violence I always say.

Posted by: menopausequeen | May 22, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

They need to make an example of the these illegal, excuse me, "undocumented" immigrant gang members and execute them.

Posted by: ceefer66 | May 22, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately we don't know if these gang members are illegal. Too bad just belonging to a gang isn't illegal for all races.

Posted by: larrygate | May 22, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

unfortunately we don't know if these guys are illegal. too bad just belonging to a gang isn't illegal for all races.

Posted by: larrygate | May 22, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

One dead, the other put away for life. Two for the price of one. Can't beat it.

Posted by: mortified469 | May 25, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

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