A teenage MS-13 gangster was sentenced to 40 years in prison for torture and murder of a 15-year-old girl.
Venus Romero Iraheta, 18, pleaded guilty Monday of the murder in Fairfax County, Virginia, a year after brutally stabbing Damaris Reyes Rivas 13 times.
A video of her interrogation by the police in February last year showed the gang member explaining why she killed Reyes Rivas after she had told her: & # 39; Think of me until the day we see each other in hell. & # 39;
Fellow MS-13 gangsters noticed that Rivas was being tortured, her tattoo was cut off and stabbed to death by Iraheta, and then sent it to gang leaders in El Salvador.
She pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, kidnapping and criminal street participation earlier this year at the Fairfax County, Virginia court. A judge issued a sentence of 40 years in prison to Iraheta on Friday.
Iraheta (left) said she killed Reyes Rivas (right) to avenge the death of her friend, Christian Sosa Rivas, who claimed that Reyes Rivas had lured to his death
Venus Romero Iraheta, 18, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the brutal stabbing and torturing of Damaris Reyes Rivas. Pictured: Iraheta points to her neck to show agents where she stabbed her in a video released earlier this year
A video of her questioning by the police in February showed the gang member MS-13 why she killed Reyes Rivas
She pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, kidnapping and criminal street participation earlier this year at the Fairfax County, Virginia court. A judge imposed a prison sentence of 40 years on Iraheta.
The matter was so horrible that it attracted national attention and was used by the Trump government to grimly emphasize the resurgence of MS-13 in Washington and beyond.
Reyes Rivas & # 39; mother Maria told Iraheta Friday in court that the woman's life & # 39; destroyed & # 39 ;, reported The Washington Post.
I want to tell this young lady that she has destroyed my life. She has destroyed the life of my daughter.
& # 39; She owed you nothing, & # 39; she said to Iraheta through a translator. & # 39; My daughter is not in hell, as she said. She is in heaven. She showed me that in my dreams. Hell will be lived by you, not by her. & # 39;
Iraheta, whose body was shaken by much of the hearing of grief, testified that she had repented of what she had done.
When asked by her lawyer to respond to what Reyes said she was going to hell, Iraheta said simply: "She's probably right."
& # 39; I know that I made the biggest mistake in my life. At night, while I am sleeping, I wake up with these memories. They will fully reach me. I wish I could push them away & # 39 ;.
But the attorney of Fairfax County Commonwealth, Raymond F. Morrogh, named Iraheta's repentance crocodile tears & # 39;
In the shocking images Fox5 saw for the first time, Iraheta, then 17, explained how she took Reyes Rivas to a wooded area near Lake Accotink Park with nine other people before she tortured and killed her.
She said she had killed the girl to avenge the murder of her friend, Christian Sosa Rivas. She blamed Reyes Rivas for stealing Sosa Rivas, also an MS-13 member, to his death.
She told interrogators that she said to the girl: "Do not forget my name. And I told her my full name and I told her my nickname.
In the interrogation video, Iraheta tells Spanish policemen that she has told Reyes Rivas (photo) that she would "remember me until the day we see each other in hell" & # 39;
& # 39; And I told her and I told her to never forget who I was. I told her that we will see each other again. & # 39;
When asked what she did next, she answered in English: "I killed her."
She then explained that she thirteen times & # 39; something like that & # 39; with a knife.
Iraheta told interrogators that she had asked Reyes Rivas if she had anything to do with & # 39; her boyfriend.
When she said yes, Iraheta answered: "I am not going to forgive you."
She continued: & # 39; I told her, & # 39; I warned you not to mess with me. I told you you should not mess with Christian. I told you to stay away from him, otherwise you would see what would happen. You're not playing with me. & # 39;
& So I hit her. I continued to beat her. Until they stopped me. & # 39;
The disgusting murder was recorded on video with a mobile phone so that it could be sent to gang leaders in El Salvador as a way to promote.
The lawyer of Fairfax County, Ray Morrogh, said Monday that Iraheta is a "child prodigy against violence." was, NBC told Washington.
Iraheta would have a maximum life in prison plus twenty years if she was convicted on 25 May.
Iraheta lured Damaris to a wooded area near this park. Horrifying cell phone videos show the gang torturing the girl
The disgusting murder was also recorded on video with a mobile phone so that it could be sent to gang leaders in El Salvador as a way to promote. Left: Iraheta. Right: Reyes Rivas
So far, seven out of ten people who have been charged with the murder have been convicted or found guilty.
They are convicted on 5 May.
MS-13, short for Mara Salvatrucha, consists mainly of immigrants or descendants of immigrants from Central America.
The gang is notorious for its links with cartels and organized crime and for its ability to access powerful weapons.
TWO MS-13 MEMBERS RESOLVED WITH RAPING AND KIDNAPPING TEENAGERS LAST YEAR
Two members of MS-13 from Houston were charged last year because they suspected they had killed a teenager and kidnapped another in 2017.
Vice President Miguel Angel Alvarez-Flores, 22, who also competes at & # 39; Diabolico & # 39; goes, and the 18-year-old Diego Alexan Hernandez-Rivera, who had a Satanic sanctuary in their apartment in Houston, laughed, laughed and waved in court when they faced accusations of aggravation of kidnapping and murder.
Prosecutors said the two kidnapped a 14-year-old girl after she left school around February 2, holding her in a flat where she was raped by a gang member.
Miguel Alvarez-Flores (right) smiles and waves at news camera in the Houston court on Wednesday, when the gang leader known as & # 39; Diabolico & # 39; and his partner 18-year-old Diego Hernandez-Rivera (left) was faced with accusations of aggravated kidnapping and murder
Another girl who was kept at the apartment, named only as Genesis, was shot dead in the head and chest on February 16 and is not identified.
The authorities have released the image of the face reconstruction of one of the victim's alleged victims in an attempt to identify her.
The girl – between 15 and 25 years old – was found dead on the morning of 16 February.
She was also shot in the neck and the torso.
The police said that Rivera had known that she was leading the woman to a remote area and shooting her.
Because of civil wars and guerrilla fighters in Central America, many of the founding members of the gang had paramilitary experience, making them more deadly than other criminal groups.
However, his primary weapons are baseball bats and machetes.
The Ministry of Justice classifies MS-13 as a transnational criminal organization & # 39; engaged in drug trafficking, kidnapping, human smuggling, prostitution, murder and extortion.
President Donald Trump has referred to MS-13 as "bad hombres & # 39 ;.
Because many MS-13 members are younger than eighteen years old, the US is unable to legally return it to their home country.
The gang has a strong presence in Southern California, Washington and Northern Virginia, all areas with significant Salvadoran populations.
There are at least 30,000 members in a number of countries, including at least 10,000 in the United States.
The official motto is Kill, Rape, Control. & # 39;