A member of the international street gang MS-13 was sentenced Monday to 36 years in prison by a federal judge in Boston for his role in luring and murdering a 15-year-old boy on an East Boston beach in 2015.
Salvadoran national Carlos Melara, 21, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Dennis Saylor IV after he pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, or RICO conspiracy, the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office announced in a news release.
Melara — a member of MS-13’s “Locos Salvatrucha” clique also known as “Chuchito” and “Criminal” — will serve an additional five years of supervised release and will be subject to deportation upon carrying out his sentence, officials said in the statement.
Prosecutors said Melara was part of a group of four gang members — three men and a juvenile — who murdered Wilson Martinez on Sept. 7, 2015, on Constitution Beach, after tricking the boy into thinking Melara was taking him to meet a girl he’d met on Facebook.
But the Facebook account was part of a plan by Melara, Edwin Gonzalez, Henry Parada Martinez, and the unnamed juvenile in which the men used the fake account to “lure suspected rivals so that the gang could murder them,” the U.S. Attorney’s statement said.
“On the day of the murder, Melara picked up the victim on a scooter pretending to be a friend of the girl that the victim was planning to meet for a date,” officials said. “Melara drove the victim to Constitution Beach, where the other MS-13 members were waiting to kill him.”
The gang members took turns attacking and stabbing Wilson Martinez. During the ambush, the knife Melara used broke inside the boy’s chest, prosecutors said. Wilson Martinez, who was stabbed 33 times and suffered blunt force injuries from the gang members kicking, punching, and hitting him with rocks, was left to bleed to death.
“Following the murder, Melara, Gonzalez, and the juvenile were promoted to ‘homeboy,’ or full members of MS-13, as a reward for their participation in the murder,” the press release said.
Melara was among dozens of alleged gang members named in a January 2016 indictment aimed at cracking down on MS-13 in Massachusetts, officials said.
Melara, along with Henry Parada Martinez and the juvenile, pleaded guilty prior to trial in separate cases, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Gonzalez, who was also charged in the January 2016 murder of a 16-year-old boy in East Boston, was convicted of RICO conspiracy after a multi-week trial, officials said. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 22.