BREITBART — A MS-13 gang member was sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for his part in murdering a 19-year-old mother and her 2-year-old son. Rene Mendez Mejia, who goes by the name “Zorro,” lured Vanessa Argueta and her son, Diego Torres into a secluded wooded area in Central Islip, New York, on February 5, 2010. Two other MS-13 members were with him when they executed the pair.
The young mother was shot in the head and the chest by Mejia and fellow gang member, Juan Garcia. Her toddler son was shot twice in the head by gang member accomplice Adalberto Ariel Guzman.
A statement from the DOJ says Ms. Argueta was targeted because they believed she had sent rival gang members to attack Garcia.
The three gang members fled to El Salvador after the murders.
In May 2010, Guzman and Mejia were apprehended and arrested by authorities and returned to the United States. Garcia remained on the run for four years. He was caught after he was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List in March of 2014. He surrendered to law enforcement authorities in Nicaragua. He was returned to the United States after he waived extradition.
Mejia pled guilty in June of 2011. He was sentenced on Monday to 45 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bianco.
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