A member of an Everett MS-13 "clique" pleaded guilty Friday to helping to catfish a 15-year-old to Constitution Beach in East Boston so that he and other gang members could beat and stab him to death in 2015 as part of an MS-13 war on a rival gang.
Carlos "Chuchito" Melara, 21, will be sentenced on July 30 for Wilson Martinez's death, the US Attorney's office reports. In a plea deal, he agreed to a sentence of between 30 and 40 years - followed by possible deportation to his native El Salvador. The judge can reject the deal, however.
According to the US Attorney's office:
On Sept. 7, 2015, Melara, Henry Josue Parada Martinez, a/k/a “Street Danger,” and another MS-13 member participated in the murder of a teenage boy on Constitution Beach in East Boston. The defendants targeted the victim in a “catfishing” scheme in which they used a fake Facebook account to trick the victim into thinking he was talking to a girl. In reality, the Facebook account was being controlled by MS-13 members to lure in suspected gang rivals so that the gang could murder them.
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. Melara drove the victim to Constitution Beach, where the other MS-13 members were waiting to kill him. Melara and the other MS-13 members took turns attacking and stabbing the victim to death. Melara was promoted to “homeboy” or a full member of MS-13, as a reward for his participation in the murder.
Last November, Parada Martinez pleaded guilty to his role in the teen's death. His sentencing is scheduled for July 31 - rescheduled from the original March 1.
Last month, Oscar "Demente" Duran, 27, a leader of MS-13 for the East Coast, admitted he ordered deaths like Martinez's as part of a war on the rival 18th Street Gang at an MS-13 conclave in Richmond, VA. He faces possible life in prison at his June 1 sentencing.
In December, another MS-13 member admitted he helped kill another teenager in exchange for the sort of gang promotion Melara got.
Melara is the 40th of 61 people rounded up in MS-13 raids in 2016 to plead or be found guilty.