member was sentenced to 99 years in prison Tuesday after being convicted of
shooting a man to death to gain higher rank in the MS-13 organization.
Steven Guevara, 21, was convicted of the November 2015 murder of Hector Daniel
Diaz, 28, who was gunned down after he jumped out of a sedan on Harwin Drive.
The 99 year
sentence by the jury followed an eight-day trial in the 338th State
verdict and sentence on the case we presented speaks volumes about society’s
judgment of this vicious behavior,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg
hold these gangs accountable, convict them of their crimes, and lock them away
for decades,” she said.
another member of the MS-13, Giovani Herrera, took turns shooting Diaz.
He was shot
eight times, including at least once to the back of the head.
pleaded guilty in the case and awaits sentencing. The getaway driver awaits
The case was
a window to the violence that has been committed on Houston’s streets by MS-13
transnational gang started in Los Angeles with members being deported in the
1980s to Central America. Today it has a strong presence along the East and
West coasts of the United States and in major cities such as Houston.
murder victim, was a construction worker from Honduras legally in the United
States and had no criminal record.
said there was no evidence that prior to the night of the murder that he’d ever
even spoken with his killers.
brutally gunned down his victim, and four days later bought another gun,
clearly ready to kill again, if not for his arrest,” Assistant District
Attorney Lisa Collins said.
MS-13 very seriously,“ said Collins, who prosecuted the case with Assistant
District Attorney Brittney Aaron.
The case was
investigated as part of a joint effort by the Houston Police, FBI and the
Harris County District Attorney’s Office.