FOX News reports that an MS-13 gang member has been sentenced to 99 years in jail for the murder of a man in Texas. Officials say that Jonathan Steven Guevara, 21, killed Hector Daniel Diaz, 28, in November 2015 in order to achieve a loftier position within his gang.
Diaz is originally from Honduras and was in the country legally when he was fatally shot eight times, once in the back of the head, by Guevara and another gang member. It was reported that the two men “took turns” firing bullets at Diaz.
There has been no evidence uncovered that Diaz knew or had ever even spoken to the men who killed him, according to prosecution. Guevara reportedly bought another gun just four days after shooting Diaz.
Taking down the MS-13 gang organization has been a top priority for President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump signed an executive order in February 2017 instructing Sessions, law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to make prosecuting MS-13 a top priority.
The MS-13 gang was started by Central American immigrants in Los Angeles in the 1980s, and was determined to be a transnational criminal organization in 2012 by the Treasury Department.
Guevara’s trial lasted eight days, and the man who shot Diaz with him has been identified as Giovanni Herrera. The two shot Diaz as he exited a sedan in southwest Houston, according to the District Attorney’s office.
Herrera has pleaded guilty and is awaiting his sentencing phase. A getaway driver was also on the scene, and is currently awaiting his trial.
Diaz had no criminal record and was employed as a construction worker.
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