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Possible life sentence for MS-13 leader

A Silver Spring resident and leader of a clique of the MS-13 gang faces life in federal prison after his Friday guilty plea to charges including racketeering, murder and conspiracy to murder a witness.

A series of killings and retaliatory shootings and gang fights attributed to Juan Carlos Moreira and his minions took place across the region from 2003 through 2005, the federal charges against him stated.

The plea included Moreira's admission that he went to a gang gathering spot near a convenience store in Mount Rainier on Nov. 22, 2003, to fire a single shot to the head of a witness to the fatal stabbing of a suspected rival at Moreira's apartment that same day.

His plea also included an admission that he was part of a fight with another gang at an Alexandria fast food restaurant on Jan. 5, 2005. The fight culminated about two weeks later in a spray of gunfire outside an Alexandria apartment building that killed one teen and wounded two others, authorities said.

Moreira, a/k/a “Stokey” and “Stocky,” 30, was a native of El Salvador who lived in Silver Spring. In his plea agreement, Moreira said he was born in El Salvador where he was “jumped in” to the Sailor Locos Salvatruchos Westside clique.

In 1998, Moreira entered the U.S. illegally and, along with four others, founded the SLSW clique in Maryland in 2000, according to the U.S. Attorney's office for Maryland.

As part of his plea agreement, prosecutors withdrew their notice saying they intended to seek the death penalty in the case.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 14 in Greenbelt.

-- Mary Pat Flaherty

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  August 11, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
Categories:  Alexandria , From the Courthouse , Gangs , Mary Pat Flaherty , Montgomery , Pr. George's  
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Ok so these gangs were founded in El Salvador. They have members entering the US illegally and setting up satellite gangs. This 1 gang leader killed at least 3 people on US soil. MS-13 isn't classified as an international terrorist group because...

I"m sorry please prepare to call me racist or whatever but if this activity was occurring on US soil among young people of Arab descent or people who even remotely resembled a Muslim it would have been shut down long ago.

MS-13 isn't a group of freedom fighters they exist only to engage in criminal activity. This guy was here 12 years!!! So a Muslim-American gets denied entry back into the US because he "may" have gone to a terrorist camp while in Yemen. But a known gang member who actively terrorizes in MD and VA "may" get a life sentence.

Criminals exist in all colors, religions and ethnicities. Its about high time they are all subject to the same laws.

Posted by: Redial1 | August 11, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Looks like one more canidate for the Death Penalty.

Why is it so hard for people to understand these clowns cannot be rehabilitated when they are thrown into a concrete box with other ruthless gang members? They go into these gangs knowing there are two ways out, prison and death, I say give him both.

Posted by: damnit79 | August 11, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

MS 13 members should be shot.

Posted by: jckdoors | August 11, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

May he quickly "discover" his feminine side while in prison.

Posted by: TooManyPeople | August 11, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

At least life in Federal prison literally mean life in prison.

Posted by: ctree | August 11, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Redail: MS-13 was founded on the streets of LA. We deported a bunch of members over the years, and they have taken over El Salvador. Most of the gang problem in Central America has its roots here and is an US export.

Posted by: rob47 | August 11, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Violent criminal and illegal? Beware Moreira, O'Malley's campaign is going to call you asking for a contribution. You're his kind of people.

Posted by: avpcomp2 | August 11, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Liberals decry purported racism, yet Latino gangs are wiping out blacks and black gangs little by little in L.A. Nary a peep from the liberal media. Because they want to believe racism can only be committed by white folks, despite the clear and overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Posted by: john_bruckner | August 12, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

But gee, are these not the same people who just want a better life?

My neighborhood became a border between MS-13 and SSLs - yeah real fun to know this. Lucklily, things seem to be getting better since PWC cracked down. I am seeing no tagging from either "youth organization" anymore on people's property.

And when they go to jail, they hook up with gangs there and keep up the issues. They come out and go back to what they were doing. Very few successfully get out of gangs.

Posted by: Homemom | August 12, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

As part of his plea agreement, prosecutors withdrew their notice saying they intended to seek the death penalty in the case

Please What??? So now the taxpayers have to pay $45K plus a year so this jack**s can prosper in jail for the rest of his life. These gangs only prosper more in jail. I say Bake him! like they dont have enough to fry this guy. Enough is enough, send a message, execution is in order.

Posted by: Luwarn2 | August 12, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Liberals decry purported racism, yet Latino gangs are wiping out blacks and black gangs little by little in L.A. Nary a peep from the liberal media. Because they want to believe racism can only be committed by white folks, despite the clear and overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

85% of crime is black on black crime, same as latino on latino crime. People need to stop pulling the race card and see what is really happening in their communities.

Posted by: Luwarn2 | August 12, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

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