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MS-13 leader sentenced to 19 years imprisonment

April 9, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — A man has been sentenced at a Boston federal court to 19 years in prison for his involvement in leading a local chapter of the Central American street gang, MS-13.

Twenty-two-year-old Rafael Leoner Aguire was convicted in November 2017 for conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity.

Leoner Aguire encouraged members of the gang to kill rivals in his area chapter of MS-13, Enfermos Criminal Salvatrucha in 2014.

The U.S. attorney’s office says the native of El Salvador also created recruitment videos for MS-13 after entering the country illegally in 2013.

He was not linked to any deaths. Leoner Aguirre’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to a request seeking comment.

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