Former FBI most wanted fugitive pleads in MS-13 gang case

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An MS-13 gang member who once was on the FBI’s top 10 list of most wanted fugitives has admitted killing a man on behalf of the gang and agreeing that a conspirator would commit multiple violent acts.

Walter Yovany Gomez pleaded guilty Monday to racketeering conspiracy. Federal prosecutors will recommend that he receive a 25-year prison term when he’s sentenced July 31.

A 2013 indictment charged Gomez and another man with the fatal beating and stabbing of a fellow gang member suspected of associating with a rival gang in Plainfield. According to the FBI, the victim’s throat was slit and he was struck in the head with a bat and stabbed 17 times with a screwdriver.

Gomez’s accomplice eventually was convicted of the crime.

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Gomez fled New Jersey but was captured in northern Virginia in 2017.

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