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Member of MS-13 Convicted of Murder to Serve 30 Years in Prison

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

A man who pleaded guilty to taking part in a gang killing that occurred in July of 2017 in the Woolen Mills area will spend 30 years in prison for his actions.

Twenty-one-year-old Walter Antonio Argueta Amaya appeared before an Albemarle County judge on Wednesday, December 5, where he learned his fate.

He is one of four men who are known members of the gang MS-13 and admitted to the brutal murder of 24-year-old Marvin Rivera-Guevara.

The judge sentenced Amaya to 30 active years in prison for the murder of Rivera-Guevara, whose body was found in Moores Creek near the Woolen Mills neighborhood.

During sentencing on Wednesday, the judge suspended some time on all four charges. However, he will serve two consecutive sentences of 15 years for first-degree murder and lynching deemed murder in the first degree.

After his release, he must have 40 years of good behavior, cannot have contact with the victim’s family, and will likely be deported due to being an undocumented immigrant.

If he returns to the United States, he would serve 50 additional years for violating his terms.

The commonwealth read statements from the victim's family on Wednesday, which said Rivera-Guevara put work and family first, and they were shocked something like this could happen in the United States.

Amaya is the first of the four men to be sentenced after sentencing for Juan Carlos Argueta was delayed on Tuesday.