Courts & Crime

In Charlotte, MS-13 gang member gets death penalty

Alejandro Umana, an MS-13 gang member, was sentenced to death Tuesday for the December 2007 murders of two brothers.

Umana, 25, had been found guilty in April by a federal jury of killing the brothers in a restaurant in Greensboro. He also had been found guilty of conspiring to extort money from Charlotte drug dealers to increase MS-13's revenues, and of intimidating witnesses to prevent them from cooperating with authorities investigating the murders.

Prosecutors said Umana killed the two men to maintain MS-13's reputation and to advance his position in the gang's criminal enterprise.

As Umana entered the courtroom, his legs shackled and hands cuffed, he smiled. Then, turning to the audience, he said, "Hola!"

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