Five gang members are found GUILTY of hacking to death a 15-year-old boy outside a Bronx bodega
A New York jury this afternoon convicted five suspected members of the Trinitarios street gang of slaughtering a 15-year-old boy outside a convenience store in The Bronx last year, in a brutal attack that was caught on video and outraged the city.
Defendants Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, Manuel Rivera, Elvin Garcia, Jose Muniz and Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, were all convicted on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, gang assault and conspiracy.
The five were among more than a dozen suspects who were arrested in the wake of the June 20, 2018, slaying of Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz.
Five men on Friday were found guilty of hacking to death Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz, 15, outside of a Bronx bodega last year
Jurors began deliberations on Thursday. While mulling the verdicts, they asked to re-watch graphic surveillance video showing the moment Guzman-Feliz was dragged out of the convenience store to his death.
They also asked to rehear testimony and review all the evidence the prosecution had.
All five convicted killers face a life in prison. Their sentenced has yet to be scheduled.
‘Today’s verdicts will not bring Junior back. Nothing can,’ Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr said in a statement addressing the outcome of the trial. ‘But these verdicts will send a message to those who would commit acts of senseless violence, and help us move forward and bring closure to this awful chapter in our borough’s history.’
Emotions in the courtroom ran high during the quintet’s six-week trial, which was marked by several outbursts from Guzman-Feliz’s devastated mother.
When the gruesome video capturing her son’s final moments was played for the jury, Leandra Feliz began howling in agony and had to be escorted out.
The remaining nine suspects will be tried for Guzman-Feliz’s murder in September.