A Salvadoran national living in East Boston admitted in federal court yesterday that, as a national MS-13 leader, he ordered the deaths of Wilson Martinez, 15, and Cristofer Perez de la Cruz, 16.
The US Attorney's office in Boston reports that Oscar "Demente" Duran, 27, will be sentenced on June 8. He is the 35th of 61 alleged MS-13 members rounded up in 2016 to either plead or be found guilty.
Authorities charged that Duran was the leader of MS-13's Molinos Loco Salvatrucha "clique," both nationally and in East Boston and that he ordered hits on members of the rival 18th Street Gang at a large MS-13 conclave in Richmond, VA.
Martinez was found stabbed on Constitution Beach in September, 2015; Perez de la Cruz was shot to death on Falcon Street in January, 2016.
Even with a plea deal, Duran faces up to life in prison for first-degree murder, being a major MS-13 player and using teenagers in carry out some of the crimes he wanted committed.