Suspect in brutal MS-13 murder sentenced to 40 years in prison

Suspect in brutal MS-13 murder sentenced to 40 years in prison (Montgomery County Police Department)

In 2016, an 18-year-old man was lured to a Gaithersburg park by a woman promising sex.

When Cristian Antonio Villagran-Morales, 18, arrived at Malcolm King Park on West Side Drive in Gaithersburg on June 17, 2016, he was brutally stabbed more than 100 times by suspected MS-13 gang members.

On Thursday, a judge sentenced Juan Gutierrez-Vasquez to life in prison, with all but 40 years suspended for his role in the murder.

The woman, Vanesa Alvarado, and three other men have been charged or convicted for their roles in the killing.

ABC7's Kevin Lewis reported in July 2016 that detectives said Alvarado lured Villagran-Morales to the Malcolm King Park with the promise of sex.

When Villagran-Morales arrived, MS-13 gang members offered him marijuana, police say. He accepted the offer and Alvarado lured him into the woods where he was savagely stabbed more than 40 times.

Under questioning by detectives, Alvarado and Gutierrez-Vasquez admitted to police they were involved in the murder.

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