MS-13 Member Nicknamed ‘Animal’ Gets 40 Years for Murder

‘He asked me if I was going to stab him. I told him, ‘Yes, the Mara rules you…”

MS-13 Member Nicknamed 'Animal' Gets 40 Years for Murder

Joel ‘Animal’ Martinez/IMAGE: Video via Boston Globe

(John Wynne, Liberty Headlines) A member of the notorious MS-13 gang was sentenced to 40 years in prison following a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a press release from the agency.

His nickname? “Animal.”

Joel Martinez’s conviction came after he admitted he murdered a 15-year old boy in Boston in September of 2015.

Conversations between him and a cooperative witness revealed that Martinez admitted stabbing the victim to death.


“I stabbed the culero three times,” he stated during the conversation, using what is in El Salvadoran a vulgar term referring to a homosexual. “He stared at me and he asked me if I was going to stab him. I told him, ‘Yes, the Mara rules you.’”

Mara is short for Mara Salvatrucha, the “MS” in MS-13.

Martinez, 23, is from El Salvador, the origin of the gang whose motto is “kill, rape, control.”

Following completion of his 40-year sentence, Martinez is to be deported from the country.

His conviction came last December, after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through racketeering activity, commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy.

Martinez apparently murdered the boy in order to be admitted into the gang.

Following the deadly crime, he was “jumped in” and made a “homeboy,” or a full member of MS-13’s Eastside Loco Salvatrucha.


The initiation process, which was secretly recorded by investigators, apparently involves the inductee being beaten with the hands and feet of other gang members while one of the gang’s leaders counts aloud slowly to thirteen.

“Joel ‘Animal’ Martinez was properly brought to justice with this sentence of 40 years in prison,” said special agent Peter Fitzhugh, who is in charge of HSI (Homeland Security Investigations) Boston. “HSI’s focus on public safety in concert with our federal, state, and local partners will hopefully allow the community of East Boston to rest a little easier today knowing Martinez is now off the streets.”

Read the full press release from ICE here.