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MS-13 gang member sentenced to 40 years in prison in two Houston murders

July 26,2021

A member of the transnational gang MS-13 was sentenced this week to two 40-year prison sentences after pleading guilty to two murders in 2018, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Monday.

“It is important that we seek justice for the victims of these gangland-style slayings, which terrorize our community,” Ogg said. “Our law enforcement partners are ready to investigate tough cases and arrest violent criminals who work together to hurt and kill people.”

Anderson Ernesto Mejia-Ventura, 19, pleaded guilty last week to murder for his role in the deaths of Johnny Torres, on August 4, 2018, and Nayeli Guzman, on May 4, 2018. Mejia-Ventura ordered another gang member to shoot Torres, but he personally strangled Guzman and with other gang members, dismembered her body with a machete.

Both murders were directly related to Mejia-Ventura’s activities as a full member of MS-13. In exchange for his guilty pleas, he was sentenced to two 40-year terms that he will serve concurrently.

MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha 13, which was born in Los Angeles and thrives in El Salvador, is known for extreme violence.

The case was investigated by the Houston Police Department and prosecuted by the Organized Crime and Gangs Division of the District Attorney’s Office.