The second of three suspects in a 2016 gang-related murder in Ashburn has pleaded guilty.
Just days before the scheduled start of a 10-day jury trial on April 9, Oscar Fabricio Lopez Nieto entered pleas of no contest to charges of first-degree murder, aggravated malicious wounding, two counts of wounding by mob, two counts of gang participation, two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, and two counts of stabbing in the commission of a felony.
The charges stem from a Nov. 4, 2016, fatal stabbing and assault in Ashburn.
Lopez Nieto is one of three suspects charged with killing Guillermo Piedra-Espinoza, 22, outside his Ashburn Meadows apartment. Piedra-Espinoza’s body was found in a nearby creek and a 19-year-old Ashburn man sustained stab wounds requiring hospitalization.
Lopez Nieto, of Herndon, was 16 at the time of the attack, but had been certified to face the charges as an adult.
One co-defendant, Jordy Jose Bonilla, pleaded guilty to the charges last year and is scheduled for sentencing in June. The third suspect, Jose Otonniel Chicas Guevara, in January reversed plans to plead guilty and now is set for a 10-day jury trial in June.
Lopez Nieto is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 13. The murder conviction carries a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.