20-year-old Kevin Alexis Rodriguez-Flores was jailed for the death of 16-year-old Jackson Chicas. plea deal with prosecutors.
Rodriguez-Flores, from Annandale, Virginia, was one of four men convicted in the March 2019 murder of Jackson Chicas.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and of conspiracy to destroy and conceal evidence in connection with the murder.
Once he has served his 30 years in a federal prison, he will receive five years of supervised release.
Mr. Chicas, who was part of the gang, was killed by Rodriguez-Flores and other MS-13 members after they were mistakenly believed to have cooperated with the police.
According to the petition documents, any cooperation with law enforcement is seen as a violation of one of the gang’s key rules.
The victim was stabbed to death during interrogation by a gang at a home in Hyattsville, Maryland, before the “Cleek” leader ordered her to be executed.
Mr. Chicas was not named in the indictment, but he was previously identified by police in the case.
Court papers said Rodriguez-Flores and other gang members repeatedly stabbed the victim with a knife in the basement of the residence.
An autopsy report after his death stated that he had 144 cuts and stab wounds and that his throat was slit.
The gang leader then ordered the victim’s body to be dumped in a “secluded spot” in Stafford County, Virginia, where it was burned.
According to the indictment, Rodriguez-Flores remained at the scene to “destroy, remove and hide the evidence.”
His lawyer, Alfred Guillaume III, said that his client regretted his actions.
“Our hearts are with the family of the victim,” Mr Guillaume said.
The Justice Department says the MS-13 is a national and international gang composed primarily of immigrants or descendants from El Salvador.
MS-13’s branches or “cliks”, one of the largest street gangs in the United States, operate in Maryland, Virginia, and throughout the United States.