NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An MS-13 gang member who once was on the FBI’s top 10 list of most-wanted fugitives has received a 25-year sentence for killing a man on behalf of the gang and agreeing that a conspirator would commit multiple violent acts.
Walter Yovany Gomez was sentenced Wednesday. He had pleaded guilty in June to racketeering conspiracy.
A 2013 indictment charged Gomez and another man with the fatal beating and stabbing of a fellow gang member suspected of associating with a rival gang in Plainfield, New Jersey. According to the FBI, the victim’s throat was slit, he was struck in the head with a bat and stabbed 17 times with a screwdriver.
Gomez’s accomplice was convicted of the crime.
Gomez fled New Jersey but was captured in northern Virginia in 2017.