A federal judge today sentenced Daniel "Roca" Menjivar, 22, to 13 years in prison for repeatedly stabbing a rival gang member and plotting to kill a fellow MS-13 member he thought was cooperating with the feds, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.
After he gets out of prison, Menjivar, a Salvadoran national who was a member of the Chelsea based Enfermos Criminales Salvatrucha MS-13 group, will be subject to deportation.
Menjivar pleaded guilty in September to involvement in RICO-related activities, including a May 29, 2014 attack on a rival gang member in Chelsea in which he stabbed the victim and another MS-13 member shot him. The man was rushed to a local hospital and survived. According to the US Attorney's office:
A cooperating witness recorded Menjivar admitting to the attempted murder on video, proudly telling his fellow gang members how he stabbed the victim 21 times.
In April 2015, federal agents used a cooperating witness to make other recordings in which Menjivar and two other MS-13 members plotted to murder another MS-13 member who they incorrectly believed was cooperating with law enforcement.
Menjivar was one of 61 people rounded up in local and federal raids aimed at MS-13 in 2016.