SCOTTSVILLE, Va. — Dec 6, 2018, 2:45 AM ET

Man gets 30 years for machete slaying of Virginia man


A man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his part in the gang-related slaying of a Virginia man who was mutilated with a machete.

The Daily Progress reports 21-year-old Walter Antonio Argueta Amaya, of El Salvador, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years for first-degree murder and 15 years for murder by lynching.

Amaya is one of four gang members who pleaded guilty to killing 24-year-old Marvin Joel Rivera Guevara. Guevara's mutilated body was found in Scottsville in July 2017.

Court records and previous testimony say Guevara was targeted by the gang because he made a comment to a co-worker that the gang didn't make the rules in the U.S. Guevara was in the country without proper documentation.

Amaya may be deported upon his release from prison.


Information from: The Daily Progress,

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  • Mike Kennedy

    Why the light sentence? Hacking someone to death over a comment the victim made to another person is ridiculous. All of these gang creeps should be executed. This was a planned murder over some imagined slight.

  • paddyk

    "Amaya may be deported upon his release from prison."

    How could this be "may be" deported instead of "will be" deported?

  • The Terminator

    15 years? What is going on in Virginia?

    Total 30. Released in his 50's. Should be LIFE w/o parole.

    I guess if you want to kill someone bring that someone to Virginia and kill that someone there.

    That's the message Virginia is sending out.

    This is the kind of story that burns my tail.

  • CaptnBlynd

    We will not even execute this kind of human garbage. A society does not win a war against violent crime by kindness.