BEDFORD, VA - On January 31, Josue Moises Coreas-Ventura, the leader of an MS-13 cell and the last of five defendants to be sentenced for the March 2017 kidnapping and sadistic slashing murder of 17-year-old Raymond Wood received two life terms in prison from Judge James Updike Jr.
This follows Coreas-Ventura’s conviction of aggravated murder, abduction for financial benefit and gang participation.
Those gang members already convicted and sentenced in the brutal murder are Kevin Josue Soto Bonilla–life sentence; Lisandro Antonio Posada-Vasquez–75 years; Cristian Jose Sanchez-Gomez–60 years; and Victor Arnoldo Rodas–55 years behind bars.
Wood was lured from his Lynchburg home, taken to a remote area and stabbed and hacked to death.
At the sentencing hearing, Bedford Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance stated:
We’re dealing with the leader of the death squad. There’s no question he was the leader of the pack…These individuals took turns butchering him on the side of the road.
Unfortunately, MS-13 has been allowed to establish a strong network throughout Northern Virginia and Maryland. They sell drugs for the Mexican drug cartels, commit kidnappings and are known for their penchant for extreme violence and often hacking their victims to death.
Coreas-Ventura is currently being housed at the Amherst County Adult Detention Center.
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