A Honduran national was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison today for his role in a 2011 murder in Richmond, Virginia.
Ivan Hernandez-Ordonez aka Probador, 21, was sentenced by the Honorable
Robert E. Payne to serve 365 months in prison, followed by five years
of supervised release for use of a firearm in the commission of a crime
of violence resulting in the death of another. The murder was part of a
gang initiation for two recruits of La Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13. In
October 2016, Hernandez-Ordonez was arrested in Panama and extradited to
the United States and pleaded guilty on May 5.
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice
Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente of the
Eastern District of Virginia, Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Lee of the
FBI’s Richmond Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Patrick J.
Lechleitner of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland
Security Investigations (HSI) and Police Chief Alfred Durham of the
Richmond Police Department made the announcement.
is a national and international gang with its leadership primarily
based in El Salvador. Branches or “cliques” of MS-13, one of the
largest street gangs in the United States, operate throughout Virginia,
Maryland, and Washington, D.C. MS-13 members are required to commit
acts of violence within the gang and against rival gangs. One of the
principal rules of MS-13 is that its members must attack and kill
rivals, known as “chavalas,” whenever possible.
to his plea agreement, Hernandez-Ordonez admitted that he aided and
abetted two MS-13 recruits to murder a victim so the recruits could gain
entrance into MS-13. Specifically, Hernandez-Ordonez admitted that on
July 23, 2011, he and members of the Richmond Sailors clique of MS-13
suspected the victim was a member of a rival gang. The leader of the
clique decided the killing of the rival gang member would be the
initiation rite for two MS-13 recruits. The leader chose
Hernandez-Ordonez and another person to ensure the recruits carried out
the murder. Later that night and into the early morning hours of July
24, 2011, the recruits drove the victim to an area near the 8200 block
of Riverside Drive, Richmond, Virginia, for the purpose of murdering the
victim. While at the location, one of the recruits attempted to shoot
the victim, but the gun misfired. An MS-13 member then shot the victim
with another gun, but did not kill him. The victim attempted to flee;
however, Hernandez-Ordonez chased after the victim and brought him back
to the group. The two recruits then shot the victim in the head and
killed him. Later that same day, the two recruits were initiated into
the gang MS-13.
The case was investigated by FBI Richmond, HSI Richmond, and the Richmond Police Department. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs provided significant support with the defendant’s extradition. Trial
Attorneys Matthew K. Hoff and Andrew Creighton of the Organized Crime
and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen W. Miller of the
Eastern District of Virginia are prosecuting the case.