Trial begins for accused MS-13 gang member charged with 2017 murder of Lynchburg teen
It's been almost five years since the brutal murder of a Lynchburg teenager made national headlines; and now after delays due to the pandemic, the trial for an accused MS-13 gang member and one of the latest remaining suspects is underway.
Jury trial for suspected MS-13 gang member in Raymond Wood murder case delayed until 2022
BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – The jury trial for one of the men charged in a local capital murder case is being delayed another year. Josue Coreas-Ventura, a suspected MS-13 gang member, was arrested back in 2017 in connection to the brutal stabbing death of Raymond Wood. The 24-year-old was scheduled to appear in a Bedford courtroom on April 29th, but his attorneys asked for more time to prepare due to the pandemic. The prosecutor tells 10 News one reason he objected is that they could lose key witnesses. AdCoreas-Ventura is now scheduled to go before a jury in February 2022.
’I pray God may give you the strength to move forward’: Convicted murderer receives two life sentences in Bedford County murder
BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – Less than 24 hours after being found guilty, now-convicted capital murderer Kevin Soto-Bonilla learned his fate. I feel like there was no mercy for my son, at all,” Marjorie Stagno, Raymond Wood’s mother, said. On Wednesday, a jury found Soto-Bonilla guilty of capital murder, abduction and gang participation in MS-13. On the charge of capital murder, Soto-Bonilla was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The sentences will be served consecutively and as part of the agreement with the Commonwealth, Soto-Bonilla waived his rights to appeal.
Alleged MS-13 gang member found guilty of Bedford County capital murder in teen’s death
BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – A jury convicted Kevin Soto-Bonilla of multiple charges, including capital murder, on Wednesday. These charges are connected with the 2017 murder of teenager Raymond Wood in Bedford County. In addition to the capital murder charge, Soto-Bonilla was found guilty of abduction and gang participation. Kevin Soto-Bonilla was emotionless as the clerk read off that he is guilty of capital murder, abduction and gang participation. In closing statements to the jury the commonwealth said Raymond Wood had something the MS-13 gang wanted, specifically marijuana.
Man pleads guilty to MS-13 gang activity surrounding Lynchburg teen's murder
LYNCHBURG, Va. - One of the six men facing charges in connection to the death of Lynchburg teen Raymond Wood pleaded guilty to three charges in court today. Juan Hernandez, 25, pleaded guilty to one felony count of gang participation, one felony count of accessory after the fact to capital murder and one misdemeanor count of accessory after the fact to abduction. Wood was killed in March 2017; authorities say his death is connected to MS-13 gang activity. Before Woods was killed, Josue Coreas-Ventura contacted Hernandez to participate in the crime and Hernandez found an excuse not to participate, according to the Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney. The prosecution says after Woods died, Maryland MS-13 gang members contacted Hernandez to pick up Christian Sanchez-Gomez and Kevin Soto-Bonilla to help them escape.