A member of MS-13’s Enfermos Criminales Salvatrucha clique in Chelsea, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Boston to RICO conspiracy involving the attempted murder of a rival gang member. 22-year-old Daniel Menjivar, a Salvadoran national who resided in Chelsea, faces 13 years in prison and will be deported upon his release.
Menjivar, who goes by the nicknames “Roca” and “Sitiko,” admitted responsibility for the attempted murder of a rival 18th Street gang member in Chelsea in May 2014. Together with another MS-13 gangster, he repeatedly stabbed and shot the gang rival. The victim survived the attack. Menjivar is the 16th defendant to plead guilty in this case.
After a three-year investigation, Menjivar was one of 61 defendants named in a January 2016 superseding indictment targeting the criminal activities of alleged leaders, members, and associates of MS-13 in Massachusetts.
According to the plea agreement, at Menjivar’s sentencing the government will argue that in addition to the attempted murder, he also participated in an April 2015 conspiracy to kill an MS-13 member that the gang believed (incorrectly) was cooperating with law enforcement authorities. Agents used a cooperating witness to secretly audio and video record Menjivar and two other MS-13 members as they plotted to murder this individual identified.
MS-13 is identified as a violent transnational criminal organization whose branches or “cliques” operate throughout the United States, including in Massachusetts. MS-13 members are required to commit acts of violence to maintain membership and discipline within the group. Specifically, MS-13 members are required to attack and murder gang rivals whenever possible.
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