Following three cancellations to defense requests since they were found guilty in June, today the first five gang members tried for the crime of Quinceañero Lesandro «Junior» Guzmán-Feliz finally heard a sentence.
Jonaiki Martínez Estrella, who sank the knife in Guzmán-Feliz’s neck, was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
In his defense, Martínez Estrella blamed alcohol and drugs for his behavior and said: “I feel bad for the way this boy died. It was not my intention to cause the death of this boy. ”
Judge Robert Neary called Martinez «cowardly» and said his aspiration was to be a «big shot» in the «Trinitarian» gang. He called it «executioner» before sentencing.
José Muñiz was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years and jail for life with the possibility of parole. Manuel Rivera was sentenced to a minimum of 23 years to life imprisonment. For Elvin García and Antonio Rodríguez Hernández Santiago the penalty was the same: from 25 years to life imprisonment.
Guzmán-Feliz was 15 years old. He was dragged from a hold and savagely attacked «by mistake» by «Trinitarian» gang members armed with machetes and knives in the middle of the street, and ran bleeding to collapse in the hospital on June 20, 2018 in The Bronx.
A total of 15 men were charged in connection with the brutal stabbing, including two who became witnesses who cooperated with the prosecution.
Frederick Then, Ronald Ureña, José Tavarez, Danel Fernández, Gabriel Ramírez Concepción, Danilo Payamps Pacheco and Luis Caberasantos will face trial for second-degree murder, although their cases may not be heard until 2020, Pix11 said.
This week there were new arrests of “Trinitarian” gang members, two of whom could be linked to this crime, according to police.