HOUSTON, TX – Jose Granados-Guevara, 23, was convicted last Thursday of murder and sentenced to 99 years in the “machete” killing of 14-year-old Jose Luis Meraz back in September 2014.
After a three-day trial, Granados-Guevara, the leader of a Houston area gang of MS 13 (gang imported from El Salvador) was found guilty by District Judge Terry Flenniken.
Granados-Guevara will be eligible for parole in 30 years.
According to prosecutor Houlton, Granados-Guevara gave the order to kill Meraz after the teen refused to kill his own cousin as part of the gang ritual.
Meraz body was discovered by a man out walking a dog.
Meraz’s body was mutilated and the case was referred to the department’s gang division.
Meraz was a student at Stovall Middle School in Aldine and a beginner in the gang, reports stated.
Meraz was 14 years old, and from Honduras, living with his aunt because his parents had been deported back home.