On May 20, 2016, a Maryland MS-13 member was convicted of multiple charges.
Twenty-four-year-old Jorge Moreno-Aguilar, aka “Castigato” and “Flaco,” of District Heights was sentenced to life in prison. He was found guilty of conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering and murder in aid of racketeering.
MS-13 is the larges street gang in the United States. Most of its members are descendants or immigrants from El Salvador. A MS-13 rule forces members to attack and kill other rival gang members.
Members of the MS-13 gang conspired and committed assaults, robberies, murders and attempted murders from at least 2009 through October 2014 in Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, according to evidence presented at trial.
Moreno-Aguilar, member of the MS-13 Sailors Locotes Salvatrucha Westside Clique, along with co-defendant Juan Alberto Ortiz-Orellana targeted a member of the rival 18th Street gang, took his Facebook photos and planned to murder him in January 2013. Ortiz-Orellana and Moreno-Aguilar traveled to Capitol Heights, where the man was outside his home, and shot him multiple times on March 12, 2013.
Another co-defendant and member of the MS-13 Langley Park Salvatrucha Clique, 26-year-old Minor Perez-Chach, stabbed a man, who he believed to be a police informant, to death. On February 23, 2013, Perez-Chach stabbed the man to death, while another MS-13 member utilized a machete to attack him. On May 20, 2013, Perez Chach was arrested in connection with the case. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of ammunition and a firearm, trial evidence showed.
Co-defendant, 29-year-old Ortiz-Orellana of District Heights was convicted of murder in aid of racketeering conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, participating in a racketeering enterprise and multiple firearm charges.
On December 1, 2016, Ortiz-Orellana and Perez-Chach of Hyattsville were sentenced to life in prison.