Trio of MS-13 gang members sentenced for 2015 slaying
A jury gave the getaway driver in a MS-13 gang killing Wednesday a 27-year prison sentence, the final assailant convicted for a violent carjacking and assault in 2015 on a southwest Houston street.
Anival Guevara, 32, who was convicted of being the wheelman, was found guilty last week and sentenced Wednesday by a Harris County jury.
Guevara was the third and final suspect to be convicted in the death of Hector Daniel Diaz, 28, on November 22, 2015.
Guevara, Giovani Antonio Herrera, 23, and Jonathan Steven Guevara, 21, gunned down Diaz after he jumped out of a sedan on Harwin Drive in southwest Houston, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s office.
An anti-gang task force determined that the three documented MS-13 gang members believed Diaz was a rival, so they chased him down, got him out of his car and took turns shooting him in the head and stomach with a .40 caliber handgun.
Diaz was shot eight times, including once in the back of the head.
“We will never know what Hector said in those final moments of his life to these three killers, but the violent way in which they chose to take his life after only a brief conversation with him is what makes this gang so dangerous,” said Assistant Harris County District Attorney Lisa Collins in a prepared statement. “They showed a complete disdain for the value of human life.”
Jonathan Guevara was convicted in February and sentenced to 99 years in prison.
Herrera entered into a plea deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to 40 years.
Diaz was a construction worker who lawfully immigrated to the U.S. from Honduras and had no criminal record. Prosecutors said there was no evidence Diaz had ever spoken to his killers prior to the night of his shooting.
MS-13 is a criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles by refugees from El Salvador, and now has a presence along the East and West U.S. coasts and in major cities like Houston, the news release states.
In 2017, MS-13 membership in Texas had dropped to about 500, accounting for less than 1 percent of the state’s total gang members, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s annual gang assessment.
The MS-13 is ranked by DPS as a Tier 1 gang, in the same classification of The Texas Syndicate, Texas Mexican Mafia and Tango Blast.