MS-13 gang member found guilty of 2 Sparks murders

Luis Alejandro Menendez-Cordero (Washoe County Sheriff's Office)

A 26-year-old member of the MS-13 gang was found guilty of two counts of murder in the 2010 deaths of two Sparks men on Friday, Oct. 13, according to Washoe County District Attorney’s Office.

Washoe County D.A. spokesperson Michelle Bays says Luis Alejandro Menendez-Cordero -- also known as Apo -– was found guilty by a Washoe County jury in the deaths of 19-year-old Kevin Melendez and 21-year-old Moises Vazquez-Sanchez.

Menendez-Cordero fled to El Salvador after the November 20, 2010, shooting at 1000 El Rancho # A5 in Sparks.

He was captured in El Salvador of March of this year after a coordinated effort from the U.S. Marshal's Service, the U.S. Justice Department, the government of El Salvador, the FBI, Washoe County District Attorney's Office, TSA and the Sparks Police Department.

Sentencing will begin on Monday, Oct. 16.

The case was tried by Washoe County Chief Deputy District Attorney Kelly Kossow.

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