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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 22, 2019

MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced for Role in Gang-Related Assault

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An MS-13 gang member was sentenced today to 38 months in prison for his role and participation in a violent gang-related assault of a victim with multiple bats.

Marlon Edgardo Huezo Rivera, aka “Oscuro,” 19, of Falls Church, a member or associate of the Chilangueras clique of MS-13 in Northern Virginia, is the final charged defendant to be sentenced in this case.

“This purpose of this senseless assault was to serve MS-13’s warped code of violence and overarching mission of instilling fear through violence,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Huezo Rivera’s conduct demonstrates his contempt for the law and his total disregard for the safety of the people who make up this community.”

According to court documents, Huezo Rivera and several other members and associates of MS-13 lured the victim to James Lee Park in Falls Church so that they could assault the victim. Rivera and other members and associates of MS-13 believed the victim was cooperating with law enforcement, falsely representing himself as a member of MS-13, and disparaging the Silvas clique of MS-13. After luring the victim to the park under false pretenses, Huezo Rivera, and approximately a dozen other members and associates of MS-13, beat the victim with bats, fists, and feet for approximately three minutes. As a result of the beating, the victim suffered multiple broken limbs and was hospitalized for several days.

"Today's sentencing shows how focused the Washington Field Office and its local, state and federal partners are in dismantling the MS-13 threat in the Capital Region," said Timothy M. Dunham, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Division, FBI Washington Field Office. "Huezo Rivera and his fellow gang members terrorized our community, but his sentencing today sends a clear message that violent criminals cannot evade the law. I would like to thank the FBI Special Agents, the prosecutors, and our local partners for their hard work on this case."

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Timothy M. Dunham, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Division, FBI Washington Field Office; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicholas U. Murphy II, Cristina Stam, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Shauna Hale prosecuted the case.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington Field Office's Safe Street/HIDTA Task Force - Northern Virginia with the Fairfax County Police.   This task force is composed of FBI Agents, along with Detectives from the Fairfax County Police, the Prince William County Police, the Loudon County Sheriff's Office, the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, the Arlington County Police, the Herndon Police Department, the Leesburg Police Department, the Vienna Police Department, the Fairfax City Police, the Alexandria City Police, along with Agents from the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, Officers of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and works cooperatively with the USMS, ATF, the Falls Church Police Department, the Prince George's County Police, MPD and the Montgomery County Police.   This task force is charged with investigating, disrupting and dismantling MS-13 activity impacting the Capital Region.   

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. 1:19-cr-129.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Public Affairs joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated November 22, 2019