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According to testimony, Velazquez was part of a gang based in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties that was responsible for seven killings. Prosecutors also said he committed assaults with a deadly weapon to maintain and enhance his position in the gang.

His co-defendant, Edgart Alberto Ayala, 29, of Suitland, was sentenced last month to 35 years in prison.

So far, the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office has gotten 14 convictions as part of a wide-ranging racketeering conspiracy case against MS-13 members.

From wire dispatches and staff reports