MS-13 Member, Known as “Animal,” Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for RICO Conspiracy Involving Murder
Joel Martinez, known as “Animal,” admitted to the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old in 2015. (US Attorney’s Office/Operation Mean Streets)
BOSTON – An MS-13 member was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for racketeering conspiracy involving the murder of a 15-year-old boy in East Boston, The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts announced today.
Joel Martinez, a/k/a “Animal,” 23, a Salvadoran national formerly residing in East Boston, was sentenced to 40 years in prison and two years of supervised release. Martinez will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. In December 2017, Martinez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy.
Martinez admitted that on Sept. 20, 2015, he murdered a 15-year-old boy on Trenton Street in East Boston. During recorded conversations between Martinez and a cooperating witness, Martinez acknowledged being a member of MS-13 and admitted that he stabbed the victim to death.
Specifically, Martinez said, “I stabbed the culero three times,” and stated, “He stared at me and he asked me if I was going to, if I was going to stab him. I told him, ‘Yes, the Mara rules you.’”
After the murder, Martinez was “jumped in” and made a “homeboy,” or full member of MS-13’s Eastside Loco Salvatrucha (ESLS) clique during a ceremony that was surreptitiously recorded by agents. When a prospective member is “jumped in,” members of the MS-13 clique beat the new member with their hands and feet while one of the leaders of the clique counts aloud slowly to thirteen.
Fox News reports that President Trump, who has made the fight against the street gang a notable part of his domestic policy, recently referred to dangerous MS-13 gang members as “animals,” which some media organizations took out of context to make it appear that he was talking about illegal immigrants.
The president was asked last week about the brutal gang by Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims when addressing California sanctuary city laws. Mims specifically said, “There could be an MS-13 gang member I know about, if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about them.”
The president responded, “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people, these are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before.”
In the wake of his comments last week, media organizations continued to misrepresent Trump’s comments long after watchdogs called them out on social media for misinterpreting the remarks.
C-SPAN tweeted a video that did not show Mims’ comment, editing down the conversation with Trump’s answer and the caption: “President Trump during California #SanctuaryCities Roundtable: ‘These aren’t people. These are animals.’” The misleading video has been viewed more than 4.5 million times.
The New York Times, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News and CNN all followed with similar misleading tweets – with most of the deceptive content coming after it was well publicized that Trump was specifically referring to MS-13 gang members.
Rot in hell you filthy, dirty piece of trash.
Round these bastards up and get them the hell out of here or better yet, execute them on the spot.
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