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MS-13 Member Admits Killing Girl:  An 18-year-old female member of the notorious MS-13 street gang pleaded guilty on Monday to the brutal stabbing murder of a 15-year-old girl.  Travis Fedschun of Fox News reports that Venus Romero Iraheta, who does not speak English, admitted through an interpreter that she and other gang members abducted Damaris Alexandra Reyes-Rivas from her Maryland home in January 2017, marched her into a snowy Virginia field without shoes or a shirt, then stabbed her 19 times in the abdomen, chest, and neck.  Iraheta told police that the murder was revenge for the victim's relationship with her boyfriend.  She will be sentenced for first-degree murder, abduction, and gang membership.  She would have been eligible for the death penalty if she had been 18 at the time of the murder. 

Teens Arrested In Brutal Baltimore Carjacking:  A 69-year-old man was carjacked, thrown to the ground, and run over by a group of teens in front of his home last week.  Jonathan  McCall of CBS Baltimore reports that the attack, which occurred on the morning of January 3 in a quiet middle-class neighborhood, was caught on video by a Comcast worker.  The victim, Jim Willinghan, suffered a broken pelvis after the teens, aged 15-16, drove over him with his car.  Four of the teens have been arrested and police are still looking for two others.  Three of the suspects will be charged as adults for attempted, murder, assault, and carjacking.   As noted in earlier posts, Baltimore set a new record last year for homicides, as it's police department operates under a federal consent decree which restricts proactive policing.

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