A violent gang member who attacked his rivals with a machete and licked their blood from the blade was sentenced to life in federal prison Friday, prosecutors say.
Rolan Ivan Hernandez-Fuentes, 22, was a member of MS-13, a gang with ties to Central America. Its creed is “kill, rob, rape, control,” according to a news release from federal prosecutors in Dallas.
In plea papers, Hernandez-Fuentes admitted he and fellow gang members tried to kill nine people in six incidents in the Dallas area in 2017, and he outlined his crimes in graphic detail.
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In July 2017, Hernandez-Fuentes said he and other MS-13 members attacked two men they believed were in a rival gang with a machete at a Dallas apartment complex.
After the attack, Hernandez-Fuentes admitted he licked the victims’ blood from the machete and said he liked the “taste of victory.”
The following day, Hernandez-Fuentes and others attacked and robbed a drug dealer in Irving with the same machete, forcing him to kneel and then cutting him before demanding the victim pay a “tax” to the gang, prosecutors said.
In August 2017, Hernandez-Fuentes and other MS-13 members attacked another man they believed belonged to a rival Dallas gang using a sledgehammer, an ice pick, a metal bar, a stick and a knife. The man was hospitalized for several days.
The same month, Hernandez-Fuentes and others attacked and robbed yet another man in Irving, hitting him with a metal bat until they thought he was dead.
Hernandez-Fuentes, whose nickname is “Tasmania,” is from El Salvador and has been living in the United States illegally, prosecutors said. He belonged to a clique of MS-13 called “Irving Loco Salvatruchas.”
Two others involved in the same gang have also been sentenced.
Jerson Gutierrez-Ramos, 21, also known as “Sparky,” was sentenced to 40 years behind bars.
Kevin Cruz, 20, also known as “Street Danger,” received a 21-year sentence.
“When machete-wielding gang members terrorize our streets, they will be met with swift and certain justice,” U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said in a prepared statement.