Two gang members of MS-13 living illegally in Texas have been sentenced to 40 years in prison after murdering a 15-year-old girl.
“This is a tragic case of a runaway girl falling into the clutches of a dangerous and violent gang,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement released by her office this week. Diego Hernandez Rivera, 22, and Miguel Alvarez Flores, 26, were both members of the Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational gang, and migrated from El Salvador to the United States. It is not known how long they have been living in the United States.
According to prosecutors, Rivera and Flores abducted three teenage girls, 14, 15, and 16 years old, in 2017. The girls were allegedly coerced to copulate and given drugs by the two illicit alien gang members. One of the girls abducted told investigators that Cornejo was murdered by Rivera and Flores after they authoritatively mandated a human offering be made to their shrine of Santa Muerte.
“On Monday, just before jury selection was set to begin in his trial, Diego Hernandez-Rivera, 22, pleaded guilty to murder in the death of Genesis Cornejo-Alvarado in exchange for 40 years in prison,” the district attorney’s office said. “Hernandez-Rivera, who went by ‘Scary,’ also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in exchange for 12 years in prison. Those sentences will run concurrently.” The office stated that “his partner in crime Miguel Alvarez-Flores, 26, who went by ‘Diabolico,’ pleaded guilty to murder in February and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.”
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