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.
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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