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MS-13 Gang Member in Virginia Machete Murder is Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

The victim's multilated body was found in a rural area outside of Charlottesville in 2017

A man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his part in the MS-13 gang-related slaying of a Virginia man who was mutilated with a machete.

The Daily Progress reports 21-year-old Walter Antonio Argueta Amaya, of El Salvador, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years for first-degree murder and 15 years for murder by lynching.

Amaya is one of four MS-13 gang members who pleaded guilty to killing 24-year-old Marvin Joel Rivera Guevara. Guevara's mutilated body was found in Scottsville in July 2017.

Court records and previous testimony say Guevara was targeted by the gang because he made a comment to a co-worker that the gang didn't make the rules in the U.S. Guevara was in the country without proper documentation.

Amaya may be deported upon his release from prison because he is an undocumented immigrant. If he returns to the U.S., he would serve 50 additional years for violating his terms, NBC affiliate WVIR-TV reports.

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