(CNSNews.com) - An MS-13 member from El Salvador who illegally entered the United States in 2014 as an unaccompanied minor has been sentenced to 14 months in prison “for being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said in a statement released today.
“Nery Rodriguez Diaz, 19, a Salvadoran national who resided in Chelsea, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 14 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Diaz will also be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence,” said the U.S. attorney’s statement.
“On May 22, 2018, Diaz and another MS-13 member, Elmer Alfaro Hercules, were arrested in possession of loaded firearms in Bremen Street Park in East Boston, a location where numerous MS-13 gang members have been observed and where gang-on-gang violence frequently occurs,” said the statement.
“The investigation revealed that Diaz and Hercules each separately and unlawfully entered the United States in 2014 as unaccompanied minors. Both Diaz and Hercules were charged federally for being aliens in possession of a firearm and ammunition,” said the statement.
“Hercules previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 13 months in prison and three years of supervised release,” it said. “Hercules will also be subject to deportation proceedings after the completion of his sentence.”