Two alleged MS-13 gang members charged with capital murder of Raymond Wood
BEDFORD Co., Va. (WSET) -- A Bedford County grand jury has returned true bills against two alleged MS-13 gang members who are accused of being involved in the murder of a Lynchburg teenager.
Kevin Soto-Bonilla and Cristian Sanchez-Gomez are now both charged with capital murder, which means they can face the death penalty.
A Bedford County grand jury met to consider a number of proposed indictments on Tuesday.
Soto-Bonilla and Sanchez-Gomez are also charged with robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit, and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.
Arrest warrants will also be issued and served against the two individuals, while the previous charges they were facing will be dropped.
Both of the defendants are being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.
A warrant unsealed last month revealed that Soto-Bonilla and Sanchez-Gomez, along with Lasandro Vasquez were brought to Lynchburg from Maryland by Danny Ventura to meet up with Victor Rodas and Jose Coreas-Ventura to murder Raymond Wood.
Sanchez, Rodas, Soto-Bonilla, Rodas, and Coreas-Ventura have all been identified as members of MS-13, an international criminal street gang known for brutality.
Wood was found dead in the 1700 block of Roaring Run Road in Bedford County on March 27.
Coreas-Ventura, 20, and Posada-Vasquez, 24, are charged with capital murder, robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit, and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.
Victor Rodas, 19, is charged with first degree murder, robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit, and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.
Soto-Bonilla was arrested in New York on September 19, while Sanchez-Gomez was arrested on October 5 in Albemarle County.
Also on Tuesday, the Bedford County grand jury set a trial date for Posada-Vasquez for May 29, 2018.
Anyone who believes they may have information helpful to the investigation is urged to contact the Bedford County Sheriff's Office at 540-586-4800.