An unrepentant MS-13 gang member was sentenced to death in Charlotte for the murders of two brothers, the first member of the gang to get the death penalty in a U.S. federal court, says the Charlotte Observer. Alejandro Umana, 25, mentioned at sentencing Mara Salvatrucha, the full name for the Salvadoran gang known as MS-13, one of the nation’s most notorious street gangs. MS-13 has as many as 12,000 members across the U.S. and has been linked to homicides, drug trafficking, and extortion in the Carolinas.
Umana had been a gang leader in Los Angeles, he said, and had been sent to Charlotte to help organize the local gang. “He killed for the gang,” said federal prosecutor Sam Nazzaro. “He committed other crimes for the gang. He believed in the gang.” U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins called Umana’s punishment “fair, just and merited.” “We don’t often seek the death penalty,” Tompkins told the Observer. “We only do it in those rare instances where the facts cry out for the death penalty. This is one of those times.”