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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 23, 2016

MS-13 Gangster Convicted of 2014 Murder in Holmes Run Park

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Douglas Duran Cerritos, 20, of Falls Church, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury for his role in a gang murder in Northern Virginia.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, on March 29, 2014, Cerritos and six other gang members murdered Gerson Adoni Martinez Aguilar, a gang recruit, for breaking gang rules.  The gang members lured the victim to Holmes Run Park and brutally killed him by stabbing him repeatedly in the back and the neck, ultimately severing his head. When they were done they buried him in a shallow grave in the park.  Cerritos was their leader, and he both planned and directed the murder.

A total of 13 defendants were charged in this case for a series of three murders and one attempted murder that took place in Northern Virginia between October 2013 and June 2014. Of those, six defendants pleaded guilty prior to trial.  The remaining six went to trial and were convicted of all charges on May 9. Each defendant convicted at trial faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Please see the table at the end of this press release for additional information on each defendant.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of Fairfax County Police Department; Earl L. Cook, Chief of Alexandria City Police Department; and Barry M. Barnard, Chief of Prince William County Police Department, made the announcement after the verdict was accepted by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julia K. Martinez and Tobias D. Tobler are prosecuting the case. 

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:14-cr-306.

Name

Age, Hometown

Charges Convicted of

Sentencing Info

Pedro Anthony Romero Cruz

30, unknown

Conspiracy to Commit Murder in Aid of Racketeering; Possession of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence

30 years

Jose Lopez Torres

26, Falls Church

Conspiracy, Attempted, and Murder in Aid of Racketeering; Possession of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence

Life sentence plus 20 years

Jaime Rosales Villegas

31, Richmond

Conspiracy and Attempted Murder in Aid of Racketeering; Possession of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence

22 years and 8 months

Juan Carlos Marquez Ayala

23, Falls Church

Murder in Aid of Racketeering

Life sentence

Omar Dejesus Castillo

27, Arlington

Two Counts of Murder in Aid of Racketeering

Two life sentences

Alvin Gaitan Benitez

23, Falls Church

Murder in Aid of Racketeering, Accessory After the Fact

Facing mandatory life sentence plus additional time

Christian Lemus Cerna

20, Falls Church

Murder in Aid of Racketeering

Facing mandatory life sentence

Araely Santiago Villanueva

20, Falls Church

Two Counts of Murder in Aid of Racketeering

Life sentence

Manuel Ernesto Paiz Guevara

21, Falls Church

Murder in Aid of Racketeering

Facing mandatory life sentence

Jose Del Cid

20, Alexandria

Two Counts of Murder in Aid of Racketeering

Two life sentences

Jesus Alejandro Chavez

26, Alexandria

Murder in Aid of Racketeering; Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence Resulting in Death; Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Two life sentences plus 10 years

Genaro Sen Garcia

21, unknown

Murder in Aid of Racketeering

Life sentence

Topic: 
Violent Crime
Updated September 23, 2016