Federal charges for suspected MS-13 members accused of killing Virginia teenager

Federal charges have been added on top of state murder charges against four men accused of being members of the gang MS-13.

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted the men on charges of conspiracy to destroy and conceal evidence in connection with the killing of 16-year-old Jacson Pineda-Chicas last year.

Maryland state prosecutors said Jose Domingo Ordonez-Zometa, of Landover Hills, Maryland, led others in killing the Virginia teenager.

Investigators believe all the suspects and the victim were members of MS-13.

Indicted by the federal grand jury are Ordonez-Zometa, Jose Rafael Ortega-Ayala, 28, of D.C., Jose Henry Hernandez-Garcia, 26, of no fixed address, and Kevin Alexis Rodriguez-Flores, 20 of Stafford, Virginia.

All four defendants are currently being held on state charges.

The federal charges of conspiracy to destroy and conceal evidence in connection with a murder carry a potential 20 year term.

Dick Uliano

Whether anchoring the news inside the Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center or reporting from the scene in Maryland, Virginia or the District, Dick Uliano is always looking for the stories that really impact people's lives.

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