Man pleads guilty in gang-motivated murder

Man pleads guilty in gang-motivated murder
A booking photo of Johnathan Gomez Sorto, who pleaded guilty to murder on Monday (Photo courtesy Alexandria Sheriff's Office)

A man has pleaded guilty to a November 2015 murder in Alexandria.

Johnathan Gomez Sorto, a 22-year-old who formerly resided in Fairfax County, pleaded guilty on Oct. 23 for his role in the gang-motivated killing of Eduardo Chandias Almandarez, Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter said in a news release.

Chandias Almandarez was stabbed to death on or about Nov. 28, 2015, according to the release, and was found in a park behind the Cora Kelly School in Arlandria.

Evidence established Almandarez had previously testified against an MS-13 gang member in the Alexandria General District Court, which motivated his murder at the hands of the gang.

Gomez Sorto pleaded guilty on one count of Murder in the First Degree. He is set for sentencing on March 8 of next year. Previously, Boris Rosa Castro was convicted of Murder in the First Degree on June 23, 2016 and Edwin Guerrero Umana pleaded guilty on Oct. 6, 2016.

Gomez Sorto is being held at the William G. Truesdale Alexandria Adult Detention Center prior to his sentencing.