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A member of MS-13 nicknamed 'Animal' who earned full membership into the ultra-violent gang by killing a 15-year-old boy has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts announced that 23-year-old Joel Martinez, a native of El Salvador who lived in Boston, learned his fate on Tuesday.
Martinez - Deportation - Sentence - Prison - Years
Martinez will be subject to deportation after serving out his sentence in federal prison, followed by two years of probation.
He pleaded guilty in December 2017 to a racketeering conspiracy, which included the September 20, 2015, slaying of 15-year-old Irvin Javier de Paz Castro on Trenton Street in East Boston.
Prosecutors - Martinez - MS-13 - Stabbing - Conversation
Prosecutors say Martinez acknowledged being associated with MS-13 and bragged about the stabbing in a secretly recorded conversation, saying: 'He stared at me and he asked me if I was going to, if I was going to stab him. I told him, "Yes, the Mara rules you."'
'Mara' is shorthand for Mara Salvatrucha, which is the full name of the ruthless gang.
Martinez - Castro - Times - 'homeboy - Member
After Martinez knifed Castro three times, killing him, he was 'jumped in' and made a 'homeboy,' or full member of MS-13’s Eastside Loco Salvatrucha clique during an initiation ceremony that was secretly recorded by undercover agents.
When a prospective member is 'jumped in,' members of the MS-13 clique beat the new member with their hands and feet while one of the leaders of the clique counts aloud slowly to thirteen.
Martinez - Defense - Lawyer - Sentence - Client
Martinez's defense lawyer argued for a more lenient sentence, saying that his client was forced to join MS-13...
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