A previously deported MS-13 gang member from El Salvador was convicted Monday for firearm, drug distribution, assault and immigration violations, according to the Department of Justice.
Gerson Serrano-Ramirez, 31, invited an individual to his home after the individual told Serrano-Ramirez and other gang members to reduce their disruptive behaviors at a night club in July 2017, the DOJ reported in a press release.
Serrano-Ramirez strangled the individual in his Tennessee home with an assault rifle strap, sprayed bleach into the victim’s eyes and attempted to suffocate the individual with a bag. He also threatened to kill the individual and individual’s mother if he told anybody about the assault, as the individual’s finger was clamped down with a pair of pliers, according to the DOJ. (RELATED: Twitter Bans Center For Immigration Studies From Promoting Tweets About Illegal Aliens)
Officials seized a video from an in-home security system in Serrano-Ramirez’s home that showed the assault.
“The video showed the strangulation,” David Boling, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nashville, Tennessee, said to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “It also showed the defendant grab the bleach bottle from the counter. You cannot see the victim’s head/face when the bleach is sprayed, but the victim testified that the defendant sprayed him when the bottle and his face was not be seen on camera.”
An AK-47 assault rifle, several rifle magazines, over 580 rounds of ammunition and drugs like cocaine and marijuana were also captured, according to the DOJ.
He was also convicted for re-entering the U.S. illegally after previously being deported.
“Serrano-Ramirez faces a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 30 years, up to life in prison when he is sentenced on January 28, 2019,” the DOJ reported.
There are over 10,000 MS-13 members in the U.S., with regular activity in the District of Columbia and at least 40 states, according to the White House.
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