MS-13 gang member gets life sentence for 2014 decapitation murder

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Monet Curtis was found guilty of one count of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree child abuse resulting in death of her 20 month old son. Curtis faces up to 40 years in prison for her crimes.

A 20-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for his involvement in an MS-13 gang murder in Northern Virginia in 2014.

On March 29, 2014, Douglas Duran Cerritos, of Falls Church, and six other gang members murdered Gerson Adoni Martinez Aguilar, a gang recruit, for breaking gang rules, Dana J. Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a statement.

Cerritos was the leader of a group that lured Aguilar to Holmes Run Park in Fairfax County and stabbed him in the back and the neck, severed his head and buried him in a shallow grave in the park, the statement said.

The case was part of a large-scale prosecution of MS-13 in Northern Virginia that involved 13 defendants, three murders and one attempted murder, prosecutors said.

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