UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Md. man was sentenced to 50 years in prison and five years of supervised probation after being convicted of the attempted murder of a former MS-13 member.
Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced Friday that Marvin Reyes-Mendoza has been sentenced to 50 years in prison and five years of supervised probation for attempted murder.
Authorities said Reyes-Mendoza was also convicted of first degree assault, participation in a criminal gang and other related charges to the incident.
"We will not tolerate gang activity in our county and we will do everything in our power to prosecute those involved in gangs and anyone else who attempts to harm a witness in one of our cases," said Alsobrooks.
Alsobrooks also said that this incident was part of the nine indictments in Md. federal court of suspected gang members for racketeering. That was part of a nation-wide crackdown on gangs.
"We are strong because of our collaboration with our local, state and federal partners," Alsobrooks said. "I want to thank everyone who participated in this effort nation-wide and locally. Together, we are making our county and our country a safer place to live."
Authorities said regarding Mendoza's case, the victim was assaulted and robbed by the gang member Wilmer Argueta. After police arrested the gang member in September of 2011. The victim started hearing rumors that gang members were looking for him for "snitching." The victim informed the police, police said.
In November of 2011 Reyes-Mendoza shot at the victim. Reyes-Mendoza later confessed that he was targeting the victim.
Police said the victim was seriously injured but survived after being in the hospital for more than a month.