Jury sentences MS-13 gang member to 99 years for fatal SW Houston shooting

Jury sentences MS-13 gang member to 99 years for fatal SW Houston shooting

An MS-13 gang member was sentenced Tuesday to 99 years in prison for a fatal shooting, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

A Harris County jury sentenced Johnathan Steven Guevara, 21, following an eight-day trial where he was convicted for the November 2015 murder of Hector Daniel Diaz, 28.

Guevara and another MS-13 gang member, Giovanni Herrera, gunned down Diaz after he jumped out of a sedan on Harwin Drive in southwest Houston, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s office.

Diaz was shot eight times, including once in the back of the head. Herrera pleaded guilty and is waiting to be sentenced, according to court records. A getaway driver is waiting to be tried.

Diaz was a construction worker who lawfully immigrated to the U.S. from Honduras and had no criminal record. Prosecutors said there was no evidence Diaz had ever spoken to his killers prior to the night of his shooting.

MS-13 is a criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles and now has a strong presence along the East and West U.S. coasts and in major cities like Houston.

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