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Notes: MS-13 leader sentenced to life in prison for series of murders in 2019

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Melvin Canales Saldana, a local leader in the MS-13 gang, was sentenced to life in prison for a series of murders around the region in 2019 carried out on his orders, CBS reported.

Prosecutors said Canales ordered members to more aggressively work to kill rival gang members but, when none could be found, they murdered random civilians instead.

Prosecutors described the D.C. area as a “hunting ground” that summer. AT least four people were murdered around the region during that period.

Yesterday (Tuesday) Canales was sentenced at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria to life in prison. CBS reported that another gang member was also convicted and received the same sentence for carrying out the murders, and a third member was sentenced to 14 years for conspiracy to commit murder but was acquitted of carrying out the killing himself.

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