A federal jury in Boston on Monday convicted three members of the feared MS-13 street gang on charges of murder and RICO conspiracy, authorities said.
The defendants, Hector Enamorado, 39, Luis Solis Vasquez, 27, and Noe Salvador Perez Vasquez, 27, were found guilty in US District Court, according to the US Attorney’s office. Perez Vasquez was also found guilty of conspiracy charges related to cocaine and marijuana distribution.
At trial, officials identified Perez Vasquez as the leader of the Everett Locos Salvatrucha (ELS) clique — one of many branches operating within the trans-national gang. Solis Vasquez and Enamorado were identified as members of the Eastside Locos Salvatrucha (ESLS) and Chelsea Locos Salvatrucha (CHS) cliques, respectively.
Authorities said the three defendants and a fourth associate, Jose Miguel Hernandez, murdered Javier Ortiz, 29, on Dec. 14, 2014. Enamorado had a gang-related altercation with Ortiz the night before the slaying, according to an indictment in the case. During the attack, Enamorado shot and wounded a second victim who was inside the Chelsea apartment where the murder took place, authorities said.
After the killing, MS-13 leaders convened a meeting to “congratulate Enamorado and Solis Vasquez on the murder,” the indictment stated. During the meeting, another MS-13 member was ordered beaten for 13 seconds for failing to come to Enamorado’s aid during the earlier altercation, according to the indictment.
Prosecutors also described Perez Vasquez’s involvement in a July 2015 killing of a 16-year-old from Lawrence. Authorities said the teen, a mid-level gang member, was fatally stabbed by fellow gang members who believed, incorrectly, that the teen was cooperating with law enforcement. Perez Vasquez planned and encouraged the murder, officials said.
The defendants are among 61 leaders, members, and associates targeted in a sweeping indictment against MS-13, prosecutors said. More than 40 defendants have pleaded guilty or been convicted at trial.
Enamorado, Perez Vasquez, and Solis Vasquez are scheduled to be sentenced in July.Travis Andersen can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe. Abigail Feldman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.