U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman says defendant Martin Neftali Aguilar-Rivera directed the central Ohio branch of the El Salvador-based MS-13 gang from 2015 to 2017.
Glassman says gang members became more organized, more ruthless and more violent under the leadership of the 34-year-old Aguilar-Rivera, who was sentenced Wednesday.
Defense attorney Diane Menashe called the outcome a just sentence given that Aguilar-Rivera faced the possibility of the death penalty. She said he accepted responsibility for his crimes.
Aguilar-Rivera was among 29 individuals charged in central Ohio recent years in a racketeering conspiracy including murder, attempted murder, assault, drug trafficking, money laundering and other charges.
Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.