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Feds: MS-13 gang member pleads guilty to ‘catfishing’ murder Massachusetts teen

April 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: MS-13 gang member pleads guilty to ‘catfishing’ murder Massachusetts teen Photo: Universal Hub

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An MS-13 street gang member entered a guilty plea to the murder of a teen boy in 2015, who was lured on a date before he was brutally executed in Massachusetts.

The U.S Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts revealed in a press release that 21-year-old Carlos Melara pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiring to conduct enterprise affairs through racketeering activity, or RICO conspiracy.

The man, who is from El Salvador and is in the U.S. illegally was one of the 61 individuals identified in a fifth superseding indictment targeting the criminal enterprises of purported leaders, members, and associates of the ultra-violent MS-13.

Federal prosecutors indicated that Melara, Henry Josue Parada Martinez, and another unidentified MS-13 member were all apart of the September 2015 murder of the 15-year-old boy in East Boston.

“The defendants targeted the victim in a ‘catfish’ scheme in which they used a fake Facebook to trick the victim into thinking he was talking to a girl. In reality, the Facebook account was controlled by MS-13 members to lure in gang rivals so that the gang could murder them,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated.

Authorities did not reveal the victim’s identity.

“On the day of the murder, Melara picked up the victim pretending to be a friend of the girl that the victim was to meet,” the attorney’s office stated. “Melara drove the victim to Constitution Beach, where other MS-13 members were waiting to kill him. Melara and the other members took turns attacking and stabbing the victim to death.”

After murdering the teen, prosecutors said Melara was promoted to “homeboy,” or a full MS-13 member, as a reward.

Under the terms of Melara’s plea deal, he will be sentenced to between 30 and 40 years behind bars and be subject to deportation after he completes his sentence.

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