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Posted at 5:18 PM ET, 12/15/2010

10 years for MS-13 member in shooting

By Caitlin Gibson

A member of the street gang Mara Salvatrucha, commonly known as MS-13, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Dec. 9 for his role in a 2008 drive-by shooting in Sterling, according to the Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney's office.

Hector Valdamir Campos-Aguilar, 19, pled guilty in July to three felony charges related to the shooting that left three people injured, according to a statement from the Commonwealth's Attorney.

Campos-Aguilar, who was 17 at the time of the crime and has prior felony convictions in Fairfax County, was certified by the court to be tried as an adult, the statement said.

"The judge sent a very powerful message here, and that is, 'if you choose to associate with gangs and participate in violent crimes, you're going to pay a steep price,'" said Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman in a statement. "Our courts and our community have shown little tolerance for this type of criminal element and my office is taking every opportunity to see that gang members are prosecuted harshly, regardless of the role they play."

The shooting occurred on Sept. 17, 2008, near East Poplar Drive and Buckingham Court in Sterling, according to authorities.

A vehicle approached the three victims and several shots were fired through the passenger side window. One victim was struck in the upper arm, a second was shot in the back, and the third victim was left permanently paralyzed from the waist down, authorities said.

It is believed that the victims were mistakenly believed to be members of the 18th Street gang, a rival gang to MS-13, according to the Commonwealth Attorney's office.

The shooter, Antonio Neftali Urrutia Barerra, was also connected to an October 2008 shooting in Reston. He pled guilty to both shootings and is currently serving a 60-year sentence, the statement said.

Under Virginia law, Campos-Aguilar, who was in the back seat of the vehicle at the time of the shooting, is considered equally responsible for the crime, according to authorities.

Campos-Aguilar, a native of El Salvador, was brought to the United States illegally by his parents at age 12 and will be deported from the country upon the completion of his sentence, authorities said.

By Caitlin Gibson  | December 15, 2010; 5:18 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Gangs, Loudoun  
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El Salvador and Mexico continues to send us their undesirible uneducated nationals to the United States. Most Salvadorans coming here are not middle class and educated. These are the poor trash out of the rural areas of El Salvador and these people live like animals in their country. They come to the United States and urinate, defecate, and trash our neighborhoods. We are doomed U.S. citizens.

Posted by: CaptainKangaroo | December 15, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

This story illustrates why all illegal aliens should be deported. That is, families of thugs like this know about and support their activities. They didn't know he was a gang-banger? Sure. He ruined another person's life thanks to his family's illegal acts. It's too much. All illegal alien families should be deported, even if their children are legally American.

Posted by: woof3 | December 15, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Local leaders like Sharon Bulova of Fairfax County welcome those undesirables with free or low cost housing. If you want to get rid of pest infestations...then you need to destroy the nest.

Posted by: priveye | December 16, 2010 4:39 AM | Report abuse

10 years? It takes about 10 years of post-graduate work to become a doctor. After 10 years this dude will just become a better gang member.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | December 16, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

MAybe this illegal can attend college in prision and be eligible for Harry Reids DREAM act...then he can stay in the US after his 10 yr sentence. He will still qualify.How about deporting his parents for brining this criminal in? Where are they?

Posted by: espnfan | December 16, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

it's time to jail anyone who hires an illegal alien. when there are no jobs here, they will stop coming. its pretty simple.

Posted by: MarilynManson | December 16, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

there's something basically wrong when taxpayers will host a criminal for 10 years then pay his fare back home

Posted by: CowboysRule1 | December 16, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Had he not been caught for this crime, he could have applied under the DREAM Act and been given temporary legal residency and 5 year work permit and prohibited from being deported until his application was processed.

The DREAM act is a scam and the number of kids that were brought here as infants and become valedictorians is minute - further- Congress has the authority to provide exemptions for the few that are really in need of exemption on an individual basis. A mass amnesty like DREAM is nothing more than a ploy to maintain cheap, exploitable labor and uneducated Democrat voters. It is immoral - but nothing less would be expected from Dirty Harry Reid and his cronies.

Posted by: fighterDC | December 16, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

10 years is the MAX?!- He should be deported after the 10 years in prison,and his parental units should be deported now. There should be a very harsh penalty for employers who hire illegals.

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 16, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

It should have been 20 years and deportation him (after term) and his family mebers(immediately) with the threat of 25 years if any of then try to return to the US. That will make these idiots and their parents think twice.

Posted by: mriley0223 | December 16, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I know many Salvadorean immigrants who are educated and good people. And I know quite a few who are not educated and are good people and here to work hard and take care of their family and do not get involved in gang activity.

Posted by: TG10 | December 16, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

10 years? It takes about 10 years of post-graduate work to become a doctor. After 10 years this dude will just become a better gang member.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | December 16, 2010 7:29 AM |

Going in at 19, he could come out a successful gay porn actor. The kid has a bright future.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 16, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

UnknownHenson has it right; 10 years in prison is a badge of honor for these class acts. But I'm sure that in this case, the system will be able to rehabilitate this grossly misunderstood young man.

Posted by: ANCLvr | December 16, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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