(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Three members of the MS-13 gang received 27-year prison sentences for the 2010 murder of a man they believed to be a rival, officials announced Wednesday.
Davie Jimmy Mejia-Sensente, also known as “Crazy” or “Loco”; Carlos Mejia- Quintanilla, known as “Sleepy” or “Dormido”; and Luis Amilar-Zanas, or “Trucha,” were all members of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), originally joining in El Salvador.
Officials said one of the principal group rules is for members to seek out and kill rival gang members.
The three men were on a Muni 14 Mission bus on June 20, 2010, headed from San Francisco to Daly City, when they noticed victim Alexander Temaj-Castanon.
The defendants believed Temaj-Castanon looked like a Norteño gang member, from a principal rival group. As a result, the three conspired to kill him, shooting him twice in the area of Mission Street.
Temaj-Castanon died from his gunshot wounds and was not affiliated with any gang, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
“We’re gratified by today’s sentences because they represent another important stride in our ongoing effort to combat gang-related crime in the Bay Area,” said Tatum King, acting special agent in charge for ICE, HSI San Francisco.
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