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Final MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced for Role in Rival Gang Member’s Murder

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. – A New Jersey man was sentenced yesterday to 40 years in prison for conspiring to participate in a murder in connection with his participation in La Mara Salvatrucha, a violent international gang commonly known as MS-13.

According to court documents, Jose Gimenez-Lobos, aka Terrible, 32, was a member and leader in an MS-13 clique in New Jersey. On the evening of Nov. 23, 2014, MS-13 members gathered at an apartment in Richmond, along with the victim, who was a member of the rival Sureño gang. Under MS-13 rules, members are not allowed to associate with rival gangs and are required to assault or murder rival gang members. When Gimenez-Lobos arrived at the apartment and realized a rival was present, Gimenez-Lobos encouraged the other MS-13 members to confront the victim based on his status as a Sureño gang member. The co-conspirators went into another room in the apartment, conferred, and decided to kill the victim. They assaulted the victim and took his knife, which Gimenez-Lobos used to stab the victim multiple times. Co-defendant Darwin Solorzano-Quintanilla then used a B-B gun to beat the victim brutally about the head. Co-defendant Francisco Lemus-Castillo used his own knife to stab the victim several more times, and the victim died from the stab wounds.

“This case is a clear example of the severe threat organized criminal gangs pose to our communities,” said Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “The normalization of petty violence—such as killing another person because of their perceived rival affiliation—is illustrative of how dangerous these organizations can be.”

“Because of the dedicated efforts of the Justice Department and our law enforcement partners, Gimenez-Lobos and his fellow MS-13 gang members will no longer be able to terrorize their communities using fear, violence, and intimidation,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This case demonstrates the Department’s commitment to dismantling this violent criminal organization and pursuing justice for its victims.”

"Those who choose to commit violent acts will be investigated and held accountable,” said Stanley M. Meador, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office. “The FBI will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to vigorously investigate these cases as demonstrated by these sentences."

“Jose Gimenez-Lobos displayed his depravity by conspiring to stab a man to death in cold blood,” said Special Agent in Charge Derek W. Gordon of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C. “The severity of his crime is reflected in the prison sentence he received today. HSI Washington, D.C. will continue to relentlessly pursue individuals or groups who perpetrate violence against the residents of our Washington, D.C. and Virginia communities.”

Solorzano-Quintanilla, age 29, of Chesterfield, Virginia, was sentenced to life imprisonment on November 23, 2021. Lemus-Castillo, age 31, of Chesterfield, Virginia, was sentence to life imprisonment on June 26, 2023.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Kenneth A. Polite, Jr., Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Stanley M. Meador, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office; and Derek W. Gordon, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge David J. Novak.

This case was investigated by FBI Richmond’s RAVE Task Force with significant assistance from the City of Richmond Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen W. Miller and Trial Attorney Matthew Hoff of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:22-cr-45.

Updated July 25, 2023

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