MS-13 Member from Silver Spring Sentenced to Life in Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy, Murder

MS-13 Member from Silver Spring Sentenced to Life in Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy, Murder

Twenty-eight-year-old was promoted within gang for his role in the 2013 killing, prosecutors say

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An MS-13 member from Silver Spring on Monday was given two consecutive life sentences for his role in a brutal murder in Frederick and other gang activity.

Raul Ernesto Landaverde-Giron, who also goes by the names “Humilde” and “Decente,” was convicted by a federal jury in March of racketeering conspiracy and other offenses. During a three-week trial, prosecutors presented evidence that various cliques of MS-13 – a transnational gang whose members are primarily Salvadorean immigrants or descendants – are active in Montgomery, Frederick and Prince George’s counties. Landaverde-Giron, 28, was a member of the Normandie Locos Salvatrucha Clique, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Greenbelt.

From 2012 through at least 2016, MS-13 members planned and carried out numerous crimes, including murders and attempted murders in Prince George’s and Frederick counties, and extorted owners of illegal businesses, the prosecutors report.

In 2013, Landaverde-Giron and two other Normandie Clique members murdered Merlin Edjardo Alvarez Garcia, 23, of Frederick, who had fled El Salvador to escape an MS-13 “greenlight,” or execution order, according to evidence presented at trial.

After a co-conspirator recognized Garcia in Frederick, gang members called an MS-13 leader imprisoned in El Salvador to confirm that the greenlight was still active, according to prosecutors. One of the gang members lured Garcia into a wooded area in Frederick and shot the man in the head, the evidence showed. Landaverde-Giron and another MS-13 member then stabbed Garcia in the face and neck, according to the prosecutor’s evidence.

Normandie Clique promoted Landaverde-Giron for his role in the murder.

Two other men – Aldair Garcia-Miranda and Jose Javier Salgado-Machado – were also charged in connection with the killing. Garcia-Miranda pleaded guilty in 2015 to racketeering conspiracy.

Landaverde-Giron was convicted in March of conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise; murder in the aid of racketeering; conspiracy to commit murder in the aid of racketeering; using, carrying and discharging a firearm during a violent crime; and murder resulting from the use, carrying and discharging of a firearm during a violent crime.

On Monday, Landaverde-Giron also pleaded guilty to illegally reentering the United States after being deported and was sentenced to six months in prison for the offense. He has been detained since his arrest.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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