MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to 25 Years’ Imprisonment for Murder and Attempted Murder on Long Island

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Elmer Alexander Lopez, a member of the Centrales Locos Salvatruchas clique of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13, a transnational criminal organization, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 25 years’ imprisonment. The sentencing follows Lopez’s guilty plea to racketeering charges relating to his participation in the June 3, 2016 murder of Jose Pena and the July 3, 2016 attempted murder of a suspected rival gang member. Upon completion of his sentence, Lopez, an illegal alien from El Salvador, faces deportation from the United States.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), Geraldine Hart, Commissioner, Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), and Patrick J. Ryder, Commissioner, Nassau County Police Department (NCPD), announced the sentence.

“With today’s sentence, Elmer Lopez has been held responsible for the brutal acts of violence he committed on behalf of MS-13 to enforce its vicious rules,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “The defendant’s conviction, and the ongoing prosecutions of dozens of other MS-13 members by our Office working with the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force, reflects the ongoing commitment to eliminate this lawless criminal organization.”