A MS-13 leader operating a national arm of the dreaded gang from Eastie has pleaded guilty to signing off on the 2015 killing of a teenager on Constitution Beach in Revere.
Oscar Duran, a 27-year-old Salvadoran national known as “Demente,” ran the Molinos Loco Salvatrucha clique — a branch of MS-13 — in Boston and nationwide. He was arrested Jan. 29, 2016, during a series of early morning raids that led to more than three dozen arrests. In all, 61 gang members were indicted for murders, attacks, drug trafficking and robberies.
As the Molinos’ local leader, Duran “greenlighted” the Sept. 7, 2015, murder of Wilson Martinez, who was found the next morning stabbed to death on Constitution Beach.
The gang requires members to murder people in rival gangs in order to prove their loyalty and be promoted within the group, prosecutors said. MS-13 in Massachusetts is responsible for six murders and about 20 attempted murders from 2014 to 2016, court papers said.
Duran went into federal court in Boston Thursday and changed his plea to guilty in the racketeering conspiracy involving the murder. He was set to go to trial as early as May along with eight other alleged MS-13 members.
Duran is the sixth MS-13 defendant to be held responsible for murder and the 35th to be convicted either at trial or through a guilty plea. U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV set a sentencing hearing for June 8.
The racketeering charges Duran pleaded to carry a maximum sentence of up to life in prison, five years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. He will be subject to deportation after he serves his sentence.
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