Juan Gutierrez-Vazquez, 17, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for a murder that saw the victim stabbed 153 times.
(Montgomery County )
A 17-year-old MS-13 gang was sentenced to 40 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the horrific murder of a teenager who was stabbed 153 times at a Maryland park in 2016.
Prosecutors called the death of the 17-year-old Christian Villagrán Morales in the hands of Juan Gutierrez-Vazquez “demonic.” Another is convicted and the other two are awaiting trial for the grisly murder.
In court on Thursday, prosecutor Robert Hill said Gutierrez-Vasquez was just 16 when he agreed to take part in the brutal murder. His work, Hill said, was to hold the victim, while the other gang members took turns stabbing Morales, a total of 153 times, Fox 5 DC reported.
Hill said Gutierrez-Vasquez was a member of the MS-13 gang before coming to the United States from El Salvador.
According to the authorities, the gang members believed Morales was a part of a rival gang, after he allegedly flashed gang signs to the three people he had just met, not knowing that there was a part of the notorious MS-13 gang.
“He has flash some gang signs trying to impress these young men who gathered around him, and he did not know that they are a part of the MS-13, and that she did report to their hierarchy,” Ramon Korionoff, spokesman for the Montgomery County State Attorney’s Office, told Fox 5 DC. “In fact, he was greenlighted.”
Authorities said Morales may have been lured to the park Vanesa Alvarado, who promised him sex, and then by the gang members who offered to smoke weed with him. Instead, they killed him.
The other two suspects were identified as Oscar Delgago-Perez and Jose Coreas Ventura.
Alvarado, 20, was sentenced to 40 years in prison in May 2017.
On Thursday, Gutierrez-Vazquez’s lawyer asked for mercy, saying the teenager had a terrible childhood and just acted, together with the gang through peer pressure.
“I’m sorry, but my life was in danger,” Gutierrez-Vazquez said during his sentencing hearing. “Maybe they can forgive me. God has already forgiven me.”
Morales’ mother told reporters that she felt “calm” after the conviction.
“There was some justice,” she said through a translator.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang