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Two gang members face life sentence

ATLANTA — Two Georgia gang members face up to life in prison after being convicted for their roles in a crime spree that U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said “set the standard for violence.”

A three-week trial ended Friday with a jury returning guilty verdicts against 27-year-old Remberto Argueta of Lilburn and 31-year-old William Espinoza of Norcoss. Each was convicted of racketeering conspiracy involving murder and violent crime in aid of racketeering.

Argueta was also convicted of firearms offense related to the murder of Arpolonio Rios-Jarquin, and Espinoz was convicted of a firearms offense related to the attempted murder of Jayro Arango-Snachez.

U.S. District Judge Richard Story has not set a sentencing date.

Prosecutors said the two are members of the MS-13 gang, an international group known for violence. “These MS-13 gang members engaged in a ruthless – and senseless – string of attacks and murders, terrorizing the communities in which they operated,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman said.


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