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Gunman In Double Homicide Sentenced

A 26-year-old gunman convicted of killing two rival gang members in Sparks seven years ago has been sentenced to two life terms in prison without the possibility of parole.

A Washoe County District Court jury convicted Luis Menendez-Cordero of the 2010 double-murder last week. A judge sentenced him on Tuesday.

Authorities say Menendez-Cordero was a member of the Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS 13 gang. They say that following the shooting, fellow gang members helped him flee to California and then to El Salvador.

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He was arrested there in 2015 and extradited back to Nevada to face charges in the deaths of 19-year-old Kevin Melendez and 21-year-old Moises Vasquez Sanchez at a party in Sparks.