Commentary: Again I ask, why are murderers not given a term, no less than natural life in Prison for these vicious attacks, and this time with their favorite killing tool, Machete’s. If you are in the area on August 21st, and have been victimized by these MS-13 animals, go to the sentencing hearing and ask, Why is this animal not given a Life sentence?
By Cameron Dodd firstname.lastname@example.org
A member of the MS-13 gang has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a murder and attempted murder committed in Frederick.
Elvin Ulises Diaz Hernandez, 21, of Baltimore County, pleaded guilty Jan. 30 to charges of racketeering.
Prosecutors believe Diaz Hernandez was a local leader of Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, when gang members carried out two machete attacks in Frederick, according to court documents. The plea agreement Diaz Hernandez signed admits involvement in MS-13’s criminal activities, including some affecting interstate commerce.
Frederick police arrested Diaz Hernandez in 2015 in connection with an attack of a couple.
The U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland later indicted Diaz Hernandez on federal charges.
The statement of facts included in the plea agreement released Thursday outlines Diaz Hernandez’s involvement in the attempted murder as well as a killing that also took place in Frederick.
In April 2015, Diaz Hernandez and another MS-13 me
mber killed a suspected rival gang member with a knife and machete. After accomplices lured the man into the woods near Frederick, Diaz Hernandez and the other man hit and stabbed him to death, according to the plea agreement.
The attempted murder for which Frederick police arrested Diaz Hernandez took place in August 2015.
Frederick police say Diaz Hernandez, along with Elmin Ivan Portillo-Guiterrez and Juan Enrique Dominguez Lopez, broke into the victims’ apartment. They waited for the victims to return and then struck them with knives and a machete, according to the plea agreement.
The couple were treated for injuries that were serious but not life-threatening.
Portillo-Guiterrez and Dominguez Lopez were also indicted on the federal charges. Portillo-Guiterrez pleaded guilty in 2017 and faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Dominguez Lopez has pleaded not guilty to the same charges, according to online court records.
Diaz Hernandez is scheduled to be sentenced at an Aug. 21 hearing.
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