GREENBELT, Md. (AP) -- A U.S. District judge has sentenced anMS-13 gang members to 60 years in prison for conspiring to takepart in racketeering enterprise activities.
Thirty-year-old Victor Ramirez of Hyattsville and a native of ElSalvador was convicted in November after a monthlong trial. Theracketeering enterprise activities included three murders.
Witnesses testified that Ramirez entered the U.S. from ElSalvador through Mexico, and that he had arrived in Maryland withanother gang member. Ramirez and an MS-13 leader from El Salvadortold witnesses that Ramirez had been sent to Maryland to strengthenthe gang in the state.
Prosecutors say Ramirez and other gang members killed shot andkilled two rival gang members in October 2005, and Ramirez provideda handgun that was used in the slaying of another man later thatmonth.
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