A federal judge today sentenced Noe "Crazy" Salvador Perez Vasquez to life in prison for his roles in murders in Chelsea and Lowell and for cocaine and marijuana distribution, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.
Perez, 27 and a Salvadoran national, was a leader of the Everett Locos Salvatrucha "clique" or branch of MS-13, which the US Attorney's office calls "one of the largest, most active, and most violent MS-13 cliques in Massachusetts."
At his trial earlier this year, prosecutors said Perez provided the gun one of his underlings used to murder rival gang member Javier Ortiz in Chelsea in December, 2014 - and to help arrange for the gunman to flee to New Jersey, although he was stopped and arrested before he could leave the state.
Perez also ordered the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old in Lowell in 2015 for what the feds said was the mistaken belief the kid was cooperating with law enforcement. Perez then promoted the two MS-13 members who carried out the murder
Perez and the two other MS-13 members accused of Ortiz's murder were convicted in April. The other two face sentencing later this year.
Perez was one of 61 people arrested in raids aimed at MS-13 in 2016 - 49 of whom have since either pleaded or been found guilty.