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Md. gang member sentenced to life

A leader in the violent MS-13 gang in suburban Maryland was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for crimes including murder, assault and witness tampering, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland.

Juan Carlos Moreira, 30, known as "Stokey" or "Stocky," had pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt to charges including conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, conspiring to and committing murder in aid of racketeering, federal authorities said.

Moreira, who came to the U.S. illegally from his native El Salvador in 1998, was a founding member and leader of the gang's Sailor Locos Salvatruchos Westside clique, which operated in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, according to court records. Authorities said his title was "First Word."

Moreira admitted a host of crimes, including fatally shooting fellow gang member Randy Calderon in the head in November 2003 because he worried Calderon would go to authorities with information about a murder Calderon and another gang member committed, court papers say.

According to court records, Morieira also was among some MS-13 members who fired shots in January 2005 into a group of juveniles they believed belonged to a rival gang, authorities said. One of the youths was killed.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland said a crackdown on gang members has resulted in charges against 51 members of MS-13. Officials said that so far 45 have been convicted of crimes including racketeering, weapons charges or immigration violations. Moreira is among five who have been sentenced to life in prison.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  September 14, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Gangs , Homicide , Maria Glod , Maryland  
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Good work! lets keep him locked up for as long as possible- no parole no early release!

Posted by: soccerhead | September 14, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't there be an accidental weapon discharge behind the courthouse?

Posted by: jckdoors | September 14, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

GANG MEMBERS HAVE NOTHING TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY. PUT THEM ALL IN PRISON.

Posted by: skinfreak | September 14, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Too bad he didnt get the death penalty. It would save the american taxpayer millions.

Posted by: belugajedi | September 14, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh goody. Now he can carry on his reign of terror from prison while getting free room and board, health care, and maybe even an education.

Posted by: Nghbrhdwatch | September 14, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

He was just here for a job. He's only doing what Americans won't do

Posted by: themightyzep2000 | September 14, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Why was the illegal alien, Juan Carlos Moreira, NOT deported before he did his crimes?

Why?

Someone please tell me why he was allowed to stay in America as a thug gang banger?

No Amnesty of any kind for any illegal alien.

In Montgomery County, please remember that a vote for Ana Sol Gutierrez is a vote for illegal aliens.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | September 14, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Stop hating on this guy. He is just here doing jobs that American gang bangers are too lazy to do.

Heck, to paraphrase Vicente Fox, even the BLACK gang members won't do the things this guy did.

Give him amnesty, and send him to live in Montgomery County.

Posted by: JERRYB1 | September 14, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Stop hating on this guy. He is just here doing jobs that American gang bangers are too lazy to do.

Heck, to paraphrase Vicente Fox, even the BLACK gang members won't do the things this guy did.

Give him amnesty, and send him to live in Montgomery County.

Posted by: JERRYB1 | September 14, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

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Why no photo? Because he isn't white? Monsters come in all colors.

And I agree, change all life in prison sentences to death. The only difference is the cost. The only money we should spend on monsters is 1) catching them, and 2) 450 volts of electricity.

No, I'm not racist and I'm not violent. I just have this "thing" about raging monsters stomping in and hurting people.

It happened to me when I was very, very young.

--faye kane, homeless brain
Read more of my smartmouth opinions at http://tinyurl.com/fayescave

Posted by: Knee_Cheese_Zarathustra | September 14, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse


I'm getting his girlfriend.

HE'S going to be getting a new BOYfriend.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by: wapoexile1 | September 15, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

what about sending these kind of people to the afterlife?!? tax payers pay less and we don't use this torture-type thing called 'life in prison.' being pitiful and incompetent i don't expect the people of maryland to understand, but the death penalty is much more humane then life in prison. one of the primary reason i can't stand the supreme court is because of this death penalty for people under the age of 18, but if your an educated lot you should understand that the afterlife is much more civilized than locking someone in a cell for the rest of their life on this earth.

Posted by: RobertCurleyJacobs | September 15, 2010 3:09 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the U.S. Government's less-than-robust effort to deport undocumented aliens isn't due to the desire of wealthy business owners to have a ready supply of cheap, obedient labor. This leads to a ready supply of post-adolescent males who have learned to "succeed" by using the violent tactics of organized crime. Oh, well. The crimes don't affect the fabulously wealthy. They have iron gates and security staff to protect them. The rest of us don't matter. Our armed forces are occupied with rearranging the furniture in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have no time to protect the border.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | September 15, 2010 5:42 AM | Report abuse

Give him a piece of rope and access to a ceiling beam.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | September 15, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

if there were a photo he could be poster boy for the death penalty

Posted by: pofinpa | September 15, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Under Harry Reid's DREAM Act, being voted on within the next few days, 2 million illegal aliens under the age of 35 (including this murderer's fellow gang members) will receive permanent residency status if they have a high school diploma or have enrolled in college. They'll pay in-state tuition, while U.S. citizens will have to pay full price and lose 2 million opportunities for admittance. Ask Senators Mikulski and Van Hollen, Chris Rice, Rob Garagiola, Nancy Navarro and Ana Sol Gutierrez why they support illegal aliens to the detriment of U.S. citizens.

Posted by: Voter4Integrity | September 15, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Just remember this guy when you go to the polls. I vote for Democrat is a vote for illegal alien killers.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | September 15, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Another Obama voter bites the dust; Vaya con Dios, Pendejo!

Posted by: OhTheHumanity | September 15, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Under Harry Reid's DREAM Act, being voted on within the next few days, 2 million illegal aliens under the age of 35 (including this murderer's fellow gang members) will receive permanent residency status if they have a high school diploma or have enrolled in college. They'll pay in-state tuition, while U.S. citizens will have to pay full price and lose 2 million opportunities for admittance.

Posted by: Voter4Integrity | September 15, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Not even close. Making up numbers doesn't make them accurate.
http://dreamact.info/

Posted by: mej8h | September 15, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

This guy will continue to run his gang and others while in prison. He is not a US Citizen or here legally. Why on earth aren't we executing convicted murders who are gang leaders and members? He himself pleaded guilty removing any doubt. This guy and others like him will thrive in federal prison. We need to invoke the death penalty to deal with this type of scum.

Posted by: neil64 | September 15, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if MD can charge his stay in their penitentiary back to the Fed for not being able to protect our borders and keep this kind of scum out.

Posted by: nadie1 | September 15, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I guess the jurors were affraid to give him the death penalty. They were affraid he would have his gang come looking for them and their families. The living enviroment in P.G. can only get worse not better.

Now we know why O'Malley did away with the death penalty. He's affraid of themm too.

Is there any difference between affraid and cowardly????

Posted by: doughboy96 | September 15, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Since the guy plead guilty it was surely to take the death penalty off the table. So no jury to be afraid to give it. Simple as that.

Posted by: nadie1 | September 15, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

So now he gets 3-meals a day, healthcare,
what was one of the first lines in this article...
Moreira, who came to the U.S. illegally from his native El Salvador.
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I don't even get these things and I was born here and my relatives have been here
since 1700. WHAT A COUNTRY!

Posted by: 1-20-09 | September 15, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Where is the National Rifle Association when you need them? The NRA would argue that Juan Carlos Moreira was simply enjoying his Second Amendmnet God-given right to own and use guns - and that it's just too bad his innocent victims failed to counter-arm themselves according to the NRA manifesto.

Posted by: Whispers | September 16, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

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