Thursday, February 2, 2023

Five more gang members plead guilty to ‘Junior’ Guzman’s death in the Bronx

what to know

  • Five more gang members have pleaded guilty to the brutal murder of Lesandro “Junior” Guzmán-Feliz inside a Bronx bodega in 2018.
  • Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said each man belonged to the “Los Sures” group of the Trinitarios gang, the same group that police say brutally attacked 15-year-old Guzmán four years ago.
  • The guilty pleas come months after two alleged Trinitarias gang leaders were sentenced to 25 years in prison for Guzmán-Feliz’s murder in a case of mistaken identity that touched the heart of a community and an entire city.

NEW YORK — Five more gang members have pleaded guilty to the brutal murder of Lesandro “Junior” Guzmán-Feliz inside a Bronx bodega in 2018.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said each man belonged to the “Los Sures” group of the Trinitarios gang, the same group that police say brutally attacked 15-year-old Guzmán four years ago.

All five men faced first-degree murder and up to 15 years in prison.

The guilty pleas come just months after two alleged Trinitarias gang leaders were sentenced to 25 years in prison for Guzmán-Feliz’s murder in a case of mistaken identity that touched a community and an entire city.

Diego Suero, 33, and Frederick Then, 24, were convicted in July of second-degree murder for warrants in “Junior’s” death, which was caught on security cameras.

Guzmán’s mother, Leandra Feliz, declared at the time, “We got justice for Junior” after seeing the two men who committed her son’s murder.

Leandra said, “We got justice for Junior. We got justice for Junior. Thank God he’s getting what he deserves.”

“We got justice for Junior… Junior will never return from the grave, and he will never [van a] Back on the streets,” continued Leandra to the convicted murderer.

Prosecutors say Suero was the leader of Trinitarios’ “Los Suares” group and ordered members of a rival group “Sunset” to go out and kill on the night of June 20, 2018.

The prosecution says that then, who was second, was at the scene to make sure that the order was followed. The 15-year-old junior, who was not a gang member but was thought by the group, was chased, dragged through a warehouse, stabbed with knives and machete, and left to die in a corner.

The video of the brutal massacre went viral. It shook the Bronx and the entire community.

Judge Martin Marcus told Suero and then during sentencing that although Junior was not stabbed, the order to kill resulted in his death. Marcus then pointed out that since he was at the scene, he could have taken steps to prevent the murder, but he did not.

Seven people are already serving sentences for murder in connection with Junior’s murder.

other convicted gang members

In the past, the Bronx County Prosecutor’s Office charged a total of 14 suspected gang members for the act. Five of these previously faced trial for their direct involvement in the assassination.

In October 2019, five of these gang members were convicted in a Bronx criminal court of the murder of a fifteen-year-old.

Jonaiki Martínez Estrella was sentenced to life in prison without parole for first-degree murder, 25 years in prison for second-degree murder, 8 1/3 to 25 years for second-degree conspiracy, and 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release. was narrated. After release for second degree gang assault. Their punishments will run concurrently.

In addition, Jose Muniz, Alvin Garcia and Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago were sentenced to 25 years in prison for first degree murder, 25 years in prison for second degree murder, 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison. -degree conspiracy and 15 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision for second-degree gang assault. Their punishment will also happen together.

Manuel Rivera was sentenced to 23 years in prison for first-degree murder, 23 years in prison for second-degree murder, 5 to 15 years in prison for second-degree conspiracy, and 15 years in prison and five years Was. Jail. Post Release Supervision for Second Degree Gang Assault.

death of Lessandro “Junior” Guzman Feliz

According to trial testimony, on the night of June 20, 2018, Suero, leader of the “Los Suares” group of the Trinitario gang, and then, second in command, called members to Suero’s home and ordered members to commit violence against Trinidadians. Another group of is called “Sunset”.

The young man of Dominican descent and who was 15 years old left his home on June 20, 2018, the day death found him in the most cruel way. “Junior” was murdered by a group of gang members known as the “Trinitarios”, who stalked and followed the innocent teenager to a warehouse in the Bronx and stabbed him countless times with a knife. taken out for According to the coroner’s report, one of those injuries was to the neck, which would have been the cause of his death.

From a short distance, then witnessed the attack and then called Suero to report that the members had obeyed orders.

The heinous crime took place in front of a warehouse located at the corner of East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue in the Belmont sector in the Bronx. The savage act was recorded on surveillance video and the New Yorkers were informed.

The Trinitarians, then led, fled the scene and returned to Suero’s home to hide weapons and provide assistance to a defendant who cut his hand during the incident. In a message to Suero, a Trinidadian told him: “You are the one who gave birth to the child…”, to which Suero replied: “Yes, for all of Sunset”.

“Junior’s” death left a deep pain in the community and rocked the nation, a pain that would never leave his mother and her family, but amidst that pain his spirit would always be there, as his mother said for the first time. during the anniversary. “The people who took my son from me, they took him physically, but his soul, his spirit, his heart will always be with me, in my soul, they can never take it from me,” Leandra Feliz, mother Said of the victim.

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