Maryland gang member pleads guilty to racketeering for MS-13

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Maryland gang member has pleaded guilty to racketeering to help a violent street gang.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday 22-year-old Kevin Alexis Hernandez-Guevara pleaded guilty in federal court in Maryland to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise. Hernandez-Guevara was a member of MS-13, a gang with deep Central American ties which has been a target of the Trump administration. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 15, 2019.

Hernandez-Guevara admitted to participating in a number of acts, among them planning with other gang members to kill someone in July 2016. His activities also included receiving and distributing marijuana and proceeds from the sale of marijuana.

Eight of Hernandez-Guevara’s co-defendants remain charged with various violations. They’re scheduled for trial on March 12, 2019.

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