MS-13 Thug Gets Life Sentence in Virginia for Rape and Abduction
A member of the Hispanic street gang MS–13 and illegal alien was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, February 13, 2020 for raping a teenager and holding her hostage in the Spotsylvania County basement last year.
Spotsylvania Circuit Court sentenced 19-year-old Kevin Avilio Hernandez–Funes to life plus 15 years. He was previously convicted of rape, strangulation and gang participation.
Judge William Glover sentenced the MS-13 member with the maximum punishment Hernandez–Funes could have received.
The evidence that prosecutors Crystal Montague–Holland and Ryan Mehaffey put forward demonstrated that the 17-year-old victim met Hernandez–Funes in Asheville, N.C. According to the evidence, Hernandez–Funes was using the girl as bait to lure a rival gang member to his death.
This plan ended up failing and Hernandez–Funes coerced the girl into leaving Asheville with him when he decided to flee the area last year. According to the girl’s testimony on Thursday, Hernandez–Funes threatened to use gang action against her and her family if she did not obey his commands.
Hernandez–Funes illegally arrived at Spotsylvania on April 5, 2019 from El Salvador. The girl was placed in the basement of a home in the 5500 block of Tallow Street in the Oak Grove subdivision and was subject to a brutal beating and rape.
Prosecutors described Hernandez–Funes as a “murderous rapist” who deserved to be punished by the fullest extent of the law. Montague–Holland said he was the physical embodiment of the gang’s motto of “kill, rape and control.”