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3 charged in gang attacks, including 2017 slaying

Prosecutors say 45-year-old James Christopher Benvie of Albany was found guilty of two counts...
Prosecutors say 45-year-old James Christopher Benvie of Albany was found guilty of two counts and faces up to three years in prison on each count. His sentencing date hasn’t been set yet.(Gray Media Group)
Published: Nov. 10, 2020 at 6:32 PM EST
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Three alleged members of the MS-13 street gang have been indicted for the killing of a rival gang member in Charlottesville and the attempted killings of two others in northern Virginia.

Federal prosecutors in Alexandria announced the charges Tuesday against the three men.

All three face multiple charges including conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder.

According to the indictment a gang leader - 31-year-old Andy Tovar of White Post - directed others to kill the first victim in 2017 in Charlottesville because he was a member of the rival 18th Street Gang.

The victim died after being stabbed more than 100 times.

The other two victims survived attacks in 2019 in Prince William County.

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