By Duncan Smith

A U.S. attorney ripped prosecutors in Virginia for turning a blind eye to a big problem: MS-13.

“Yes, Northern Virginia has a gang problem,' G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, told at a sentencing hearing for Juan Francisco Rivera-Pineda and Jefferson Noe Amaya, two members of an MS-13 clique called Pinos Locos Salvatrucha.

The two gang bangers were convicted of shooting and stabbing a 40-year-old victim in a Henrico, Virginia, park on Dec. 30, 2018.

The Daily Caller adds:

The incident allegedly stemmed from a dispute over who controlled an area where the gang sold drugs.

Terwilliger, who said he has prosecuted MS-13 cases for a decade, accused local leaders of ignoring the gang's activities, putting the Hispanic community at risk.

'By burying their heads in the sand and lacking courage to address a problem because they mistakenly deem it to be politically incorrect,' Terwilliger said, 'various community leaders in Northern Virginia simply refuse to acknowledge the gang problem to the detriment of the same Hispanic community they claim to be defending.”

'No one suffers more at the hands of MS-13 than other individuals of Central American birth or ancestry,' he continued.

Both gang members pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity and discharging a firearm during a violent crime, The Daily Caller added.

They were sentenced to a combined total of 28 years in prison.

But hey, Virginia prosecutors…nothing to see here, huh?

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