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MS-13 member dubbed ‘Animal’ gets 40 years in prison for killing 15-year-old

An MS-13 tattoo. (ICE/Released)
May 23, 2018

An MS-13 gang member dubbed “Animal” was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in killing a 15-year-old boy, the Massachusetts U.S. attorney’s office said this week.

Joel Martinez, 23, will be subject to deportation once he’s released from federal prison, The Washington Times reported.

The formal name of the gang, Mara Salvatrucha, requires initiations that regularly include murder. To achieve full status in the MS-13 gang, it is required to kill a rival gang member, the FBI said.

Martinez admitted that he murdered the 15-year-old, Irvin Javier de Paz Castro, on Sept. 20, 2015, as part of his initiation, Fox News reported.

Prosecutors said that Martinez gave gruesome details.

“I stabbed the culero (rival gang member) three times. 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,'” Martinez said.

After Martinez murdered Castro, he was “jumped in” and made a full member of the MS-13 Eastside Loco Salvatrucha circle in East Boston.

During the “jumping in” of a gang member, they are beaten by other members of the gang with their hands and feet, while the leader slowly counts to 13.

Just one week ago, during a roundtable discussion about sanctuary cities, President Trump said: “These aren’t people, these are animals,” referring to members of the violent MS-13 gang.

Video of the roundtable has been viewed more than 4.5 million times.

The MS-13 gang is known by authorities as being especially vicious and inhumane.