ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Four men and a woman allegedly belonging to the MS-13 street gang have been indicted by a federal grand jury on murder charges that carry a potential death sentence.
The indictment charges the five, all natives of El Salvador, with murder in the aid of racketeering for the Jan. 1 slaying of 21-year-old Christian Alexander Sosa Rivas at a park in Dumfries, Virginia.
An FBI affidavit states the group convinced a female friend to lure Sosa Rivas to the park.
The affidavit cites multiple rationales offered for killing Sosa Rivas, including that he was a member of a rival gang, and that he falsely claimed to be a member of MS-13.
The five were all initially charged in state court. The attorney general would have to approve seeking the death penalty.