Honduran man pleads guilty in MS-13 gang initiation murder

Virginia – Standing before U.S. Magistrate David J. Novak, 31-year-old Honduras native Yerwin Ivan Hernandez-Ordonez pleaded guilty to his role in a gang-related murder in Virginia.

Hernandez-Ordonez, aka Probador, is a member of MS-13, an El-Salvador gang that has branched out across the United States.

Hernandez-Ordonez reportedly confessed to aiding in the murder of a rival gang member to facilitate the initiation of two recruits into MS-13. He admitted to working with members of the Richmond Sailors clique on the deadly plan.

The victim, considered to be a “chavalas,” or a rival member, was chosen for the initiation. Attacking and killing rivals is a known principal rule of MS-13.

On July 23, 2011, the victim was driven to an area near the 8200 block of Riverside Drive, in Richmond, Virginia. After the first attempt to shoot the victim by one of the recruits failed, a second shot was fired by an MS-13 member, wounding the victim. It was then that Hernandez-Ordonez chased after the victim, capturing him and returning him to the recruits.

The attack took place over the course of the night, and on July 24, 2011, the victim was fatally shot and killed. Reportedly, the recruits were initiated into the gang later that day.

Hernando-Ordonez did not act alone. On May 20, 2013, Jose Armando Bran, aka Pantro, was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, maiming and use of a firearm during a crime of violence in death. He was sentenced on August 15, 2013 to serve two consecutive life sentences plus 120 months for his role in the same murder, as well as another maiming that he ordered while acting as a Richmond gang leader in Ms-13.

An in-depth and joint investigation conducted by the Richmond Police Department, HIS Richmond and FBI Richmond, led to the successful October 2016 apprehension, arrest and extradition of Hernandez-Ordonez from Panama to the United States. The International Affairs Criminal Division’s Office provided valuable assistance with Hernandez-Ordonez’s extradition, and announcements were made by staff representing these organizations.

The case is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 3, 2017, according to the Department of Justice.

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