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MS-13 gang members plead guilty to attack in Virginia park

Posted: 10:46 AM, Feb 27, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-27 11:00:32-05
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Two members of the MS-13 street gang have pleaded guilty to to their roles in a 2018 attack on a man in a northern Virginia park.

Juan Francisco Rivera-Pineda, 25, and Jefferson Noe Amaya, 24, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria to charges that carry a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 10 years.

The two admitted shooting and stabbing a 40-year-old victim in 2018 in Four Mile Run Park.

Gang members had warned the victim's nephew not to sell drugs in the park without paying rent.

The victim survived an attack in which he was shot in the throat and arm and stabbed in the back.