Jose Garcia, 28, and Carlos Diaz, 29, were each involved in a murder carried out by MS-13. Garcia admitted to attacking a victim with machetes and knives in March 2017 alongside other gang members. The victim was beheaded, dismembered, his heart was ripped out of his body, and he was buried in a pre-dug grave. Prosecutors said Garcia was involved with a plot to kill a suspected rival gang member, but the victim survived.
In April 2017, Diaz and other MS-13 members murdered another rival gang member with machetes and dismembered him, throwing him in a pre-dug grave.
The original case brought by the Justice Department saw the indictment of 24 MS-13 gang members in total in Maryland — all for their involvement in violent racketeering conspiracy, including murder.