A federal judge today sentenced an MS-13 member to 27 1/2 years in prison for his role in murdering 16-year-old Cristofer Perez de la Cruz on Falcon Street in East Boston in January, 2016.
Rigoberto "Ninja" Mejia, 32, will face deportation to his native El Salvador after his sentence, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.
MS-13 members who thought Perez de la Cruz was a member of the rival 18th Stret Gang lured him to Falcon Street early on Jan. 10 through Facebook messages that seemed to be from a girl.
As three members of Mejia's Trece Locos Salvatrucha "clicque" carved the teen up with knives and machetes, "Mejia apparently ran up and fired multiple gunshots into the victim from nearly point-blank range," prosecutors wrote in a sentencing request to Judge F. Dennis Saylor. A fifth member was supposed to participate, but overslept.
Mejia pleaded guilty in April. He 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.