MS-13 Gang member gets prison 3 years after ‘unspeakable’ killing


This undated image released by the Montgomery County Police Department, shows Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, who is an alleged member of the MS-13 gang involved in the homicide of an unidentified man who was found dead at Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton, Md. The March 2017 slaying was part of a wave of violence that federal authorities pinned on Maryland-based members of La Mara Salvatrucha street gang, or MS-13 for short. A May 2019 indictment against 22 members and associates of MS-13 “cliques” in Maryland said they were responsible for at least six murders, five attempted murders, a string of assaults, drug trafficking and other crimes. Lopez Abrego, one of those defendants, is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Baltimore, in the latest in a flurry of guilty pleas and sentencings in the case. (Montgomery County Police Department, via AP)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Nearly three years ago, MS-13 gang members lured an 18-year-old man to a park in Wheaton, Maryland before they killed him with machetes and knives, severed his head, ripped out his heart and tossed his dismembered body parts into a freshly dug grave.

On Friday, a federal judge called the March 2017 slaying “truly depraved crime” and sentenced one of the teen’s killers to 25 years in prison, 22-year-old Miguel Lopez Abrego.

The hearing was the latest in a recent string of guilty pleas and prison sentences in the case. Sixteen of the 22 defendants charged last year have pleaded guilty. Since mid-January, eight of them have been sentenced to prison.

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