BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A member of the violent MS-13 gang pleaded guilty Monday to a federal racketeering charge for his participation in two murders, two attempted murders and a kidnapping, the justice department said.
Carlos Alaz Brizuela, 29, faces between 29 and 36 years in prison when he’s sentenced in February.READ MORE: 'Game-Changing' Johnson & Johnson Single-Dose Covid-19 Vaccine Meets Requirements For Emergency Use Authorization, FDA Says
In a plea agreement, Brizuela admitted to conspiring with other gang members beginning in 2015 to commit a number of crimes, including a murder in Frederick on April 7, 2015, and another murder in Montgomery County in August of that year.
In the first murder, Brizuela and other gang members reportedly lured the victim to a wooded area in Frederick where they hit him in the head with a rock and then hit him with a machete and a knife until he died. The next day, they buried his body near the scene.READ MORE: Baltimore City Schools To Offer Weekly COVID-19 Testing For Students, Staff
The second murder happened on August 31, 2015, after several MS-13 members got into an altercation with the victim, whom they believed belonged to a rival gang. During the fight, they fatally stabbed the victim.
Three days before, several MS-13 members reportedly attacked a man whom they believed to be a rival gang member and his girlfriend. Both survived, but the man was left with both hands nearly severed.MORE NEWS: James Dale Reed Found Guilty Of Voter Intimidation After Leaving Letter Threatening President Biden, VP Harris In Maryland Mailbox
The justice department said 29 defendants have been charged in the case or related cases.