RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Richmond-area MS-13 gang leader will spend life in prison for ordering two teenagers to shoot one man as part of an initiation ritual and attack another.
Jose Armando Bran was convicted of murder, maiming and conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Robert Payne imposed the two consecutive life terms sought by prosecutors Thursday.
A jury found Bran guilty of ordering the slaying of Osbin Noel Hernandez-Gonzales, who was fatally shot in the Pony Pasture area along the James River in Richmond in July 2011. Bran also was convicted of ordering the January 2012 maiming of Florentino Ayala, who was stabbed 15 times but survived.
The teens who carried out the attacks also were convicted and were previously sentenced to 34 years and 18 years in prison.
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