- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - An MS-13 street gang member involved in the killing his 19-year-old girlfriend and her toddler son has been sentenced to life in prison.

Juan Elias Garcia pleaded guilty in federal court last year to participating in the murders of Vanessa Argueta and her 2-year-old son, Diego Torres, in 2010. Garcia and another suspect shot Argueta in the chest and head.

Another man Adalberto Ariel Guzman, was convicted in 2013 of fatally shooting the little boy.

All are members of the MS-13 street gang. Prosecutors say Argueta was killed in retaliation for her association with suspected members of other Long Island street gangs. The boy was then shot.

Garcia was captured in 2014 in Nicaragua, one day after being placed on the FBI’s list of its “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.”

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