MS-13 gang, Jose Luis Escobar-Umana, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday to murder and other crimes, reports said.
(Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office)
A Virginia MS-13 member charged with hacking into the death of a man who was killed for speaking ill of the notorious gang of last year pleaded guilty, according to reports.
Jose Luis Escobar-Umana, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday in Albemarle County Circuit Court to four crimes in the July 3, 2017, the killing of Marvin Joel Rivera Guevera — first degree murder, kidnapping, lynching, and is a member of a criminal street gang, the Charlottesville Daily Progress reported.
Three other MS-13 gang members have pleaded guilty to the killing, the paper reported.
Walter Antonio Argueta Amaya, 21, allegedly an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, pleaded guilty to the same four counts as Escobar-Umana.
Juan Carolos Argueta, 19, and Juan Carolos Zelaya, 19, pleaded guilty to gang participation and lynch, according to the paper.
Guevera was attacked with a machete near a creek in Albemarle County suffer more than 140 laceration wounds to his head, neck, body and limbs, the paper reported. The blows left him unrecognizable. He was identified through DNA.
Prosecutors say they believe Guevera was killed for speaking ill of the MS-13 gang, the Daily Progress reported. Escobar-Umana and the other three are the only suspects in the case.
The victim worked in a pizzeria where Argueta also worked.
Prosecutors said the sentencings scheduled dates in November and December.