U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf sentenced Eliseo “Peligroso” Vaquerano Canas, a 22-year-old Salvadorian national, to 43 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release on Thursday in federal court in Boston. Vaquerano’s attorney, Jessica D. Hedges, filed a notice of intent to appeal his conviction and sentence on Friday, a move that was widely anticipated.
Upon completion of his sentence for the racketeering conspiracy (RICO) in which the group murder of 17-year-old Henderson Rivas at Henry Avenue Playground in Lynn was a part, Vaquerano will be deported. He entered his guilty plea to the conspiracy in February 2021.
Government’s arguments against the defendent
“Vaquerano is not someone who had a one-off lapse in judgment and then had some epiphany or immediate remorse or deep regret,” prosecutors wrote in a Wednesday sentencing memo that argued for a 50-year sentence.
Vaquerano’s viciousness — his stabbings of the victim’s head “were so vicious and cruel that parts of the blade of Vaquerano’s large knife… were left embedded in the victim’s skull,” prosecutors wrote — as well as his violent past, which is required by his “homeboy” gang status, as well as his continued association with MS-13 while incarcerated, according to the prosecution.
Prosecutors claim that Vaquerano and Henri “Perverso” Salvador Gutierrez, who was sentenced to life in prison last month for his cruel involvement in the murder and plot, are still in contact with one another while serving their sentences. The couple appeared to be laughing together in at least one video chat taken on Salvador’s jail-issued tablet, and both have been written up for tattooing each other while in prison, and both have been charged with new assault offenses while in prison.
Previously published Herald coverage on Rivas’ terrible murder, including Salvador’s sentence for his complicity in both this murder and the Christmas Eve 2016 murder of Luis Fernando Orellana Ruano, 18, in Eastie, has gone into great depth.
Shortly put, six members of MS-13 stabbed Rivas at least 32 times, believing that he was working with police. There were so many stabbings that the medical examiner needed more than two pages to describe them all. The body was then dumped near the park’s entrance, where it remained for several days before being discovered.
It took two sheets of paper to recount all that happened to the juvenile victim in the 2018 Lynn murder, which occurred after she was stabbed numerous times. (Photo courtesy of the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston.)
In fact, according to prosecutors, Perverso and Peligroso — which translate to “Perverse” and “Dangerous,” respectively — had a wager on who would stab the young kid first. In response to the child’s pleas for mercy to his imagined friend “Peli,” Vaquerano continued to slice and slash him.
Vaquerano’s sentence is second only to Salvador’s life term in prison among all defendants in the case who have been sentenced so far: Vaquerano’s sentence is: Erick “Mayimbou” Lopez, the clique’s second-in-command, was sentenced to 40 years in prison; Jonathan “Desalmado” Tercero Yanes, the clique’s third-in-command, was sentenced to 33 years in prison; and Djavier “Haze” Duggins, the clique’s “First Word,” or leader, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Only one of the defendants, Marlos “Silencio” Reyes, has not been sentenced.