Prince George's Co.

Teen Gets 50 Years in MS-13 Gang Slaying of 14-Year-Old Girl


A 17-year-old boy was sentenced to life in prison with all but 50 years suspended for the MS-13 gang-related slaying of a 14-year-old girl.

Josue Fuentes-Ponce pleaded guilty Oct. 30 to first-degree murder, participating in and committing the murder as part of a criminal gang, and conspiracy to commit murder.

He and three others lured Ariana Funes-Diaz into woods in Riverdale, Maryland, and beat and stabbed her to death, prosecutors said.

They were afraid the girl would tell authorities about a robbery they allegedly committed the day before, Prince George's County police said.

Fuentes-Ponce used a machete on the victim during the attack, prosecutors said.

Her family reported her missing before her body was found floating in a stream under a bridge last May almost a month after she was killed.

The murder was so violent, police had to use a tattoo on the victim's right hand to identify her remains.

Joel Escobar, 18, pleaded guilty Nov. 25 and is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 26. Edwin Rios' trial is scheduled to begin April 13. Charges against a 14-year-old girl were handled in juvenile court.

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