Today at the United States District Court in Newark, Juan Garcia-Gomez, aka “Scooby,” 26, of El Salvador was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to 420 months in prison. Garcia-Gomez previously pleaded guilty to one count of an indictment charging him with racketeering conspiracy.
Garcia-Gomez, conspired to participate in the illegal activities of Mara Salvatrucha, a violent criminal gang also known as MS-13, founded in Los Angeles and active in numerous states, including New Jersey with two cliques active in and around Hudson County, New Jersey, were the Pinos Locos Salvatrucha clique, of which Garcia-Gomez was a member/associate, and the Hudson Locos Salvatrucha clique.
In July 2015, Jose Urias-Hernandez, then 19, was shot and killed execution-style by Garcia-Gomez with a single shot to the back of his head as he entered his apartment building. Garcia-Gomez participated in the murder because he was ordered by MS-13 leadership to commit the murder to achieve membership in the gang. The victim was not a rival gang member.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Cecchi sentenced Garcia-Gomez to five years of supervised release.