El Salvador: First MS-13 Member Extradited from El Salvador to United States Sentenced to 35 Years for Role in Attempted Murders of Two Individuals

Edgar Benitez Hernandez, also known as “Shadow,” 26, of the District of San Miguel, El Salvador, was sentenced today to 35 years in prison on two counts of using and discharging a firearm during or in relation to an attempted murder in aid of racketeering. Benitez Hernandez was extradited from El Salvador to the United States on December 18, 2013, and had been indicted previously by an Eastern District of Virginia grand jury on June 13, 2010, on multiple racketeering charges, including attempted murder.

Benitez Hernandez pleaded guilty on February 12, 2014. According to court documents, Benitez Hernandez, a soldier in the notoriously violent transnational street gang Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13), attempted to murder two individuals on September 13, 2008, in Loudoun County, Virginia. On that date, Benitez Hernandez concealed himself behind some shrubs and when the male and pregnant female victims were within range, he fired multiple shots while yelling “Mara Salvatrucha Cabrones.” Both of the victims were critically injured and likely would have died were it not for immediate surgical intervention. The unborn baby also survived the wounding. Benitez Hernandez committed the double shooting to increase his position within MS-13’s criminal enterprise. SEE MORE…

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