BALTIMORE — Two MS-13 members have been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for participating in a violent racketeering conspiracy, including a murder.
According to officials, 25-year-old Francisco Ramirez Pena, a/k/a Tepo and Advertencia and 21-year-old Edwin Ruiz Urrutia, a/k/a Sylvestre were sentenced to 25 years each in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release
An MS-13 associate, Darvin Guerra Zacarias, a/k/a Chapin, age 27, of Silver Spring, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in the conspiracy to murder
In June 2017, MS-13 gang members believed that a victim was an associate of a rival gang. Guerra-Zacarias was present when gang members, including Ramirez Pena and Ruiz Urrutia, were talking about how to lure out the victim in order to murder her.
On the day of the murder, Guerra-Zacarias picked up MS-13 gang members, along with a female associate of the gang who was supposed to lure out the victim, and drove them to meet with the victim.
The associate got the victim to enter Guerra-Zacarias’s car, at which point they drove to another location where Ramirez Pena and other MS-13 gang members entered the car and subdued the victim. Guerra-Zacarias then drove them all to a secluded area in Crownsville where other gang members, including Ruiz Urrutia had dug a grave and gathered weapons.
Guerra-Zacarias then dropped the victim and the gang members off, then he and the female co-conspirator left. After the victim began screaming, they subdued her by choking her.
Ramirez Pena, Ruiz Urrutia and other MS-13 gang members then dragged her to the site of the grave before attacking her with a machete and knives until she was dead.