MS-13 gang member, who was only 15 years old when he killed four people, including three teenagers, in New York in 2017, gets a 50-year prison sentence
- Freiry Martínez, 18, was sentenced Monday to 50 years in prison by a federal court in New York for killing four young men in April 2017
- Martínez, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, pleaded guilty to racketeering, including predicate racketeering for the murders
- He gave in to his role in the machete attack that killed Justin Llivicura, 16; Jorge Tigre, 18; Michael Lopez Banegas, 20; and Jefferson Villalobos, 18
- A fifth young man escaped alive after he and the rest of the group were led by two female members of the MS-13 to a park in Long Island
An 18-year-old member of the MS-13 was sentenced Monday with a 50-year prison sentence by a federal judge in New York for his role in the murder of four young men two years ago.
Freiry Martínez – a 15-year-old undocumented migrant from El Salvador – took part in the 11 April 2017 massacre of 16-year-old Justin Llivicura, 18-year-old Jorge Tigre and 20-year-old Michael Lopez Banegas, all of whom are residents of Long Island were; and 18-year-old Jefferson Villalobos, who was in the city from Florida.
Federal prosecutors for the eastern district of New York said two female gang members led the victims and another man to smoke marijuana in Central Islip park.
Martínez, a resident of El Salvador, and other MS-13 members attacked and killed the victims.
Justin Llivicura was one of four young men massacred by MS-13 gang members in Long Island, New York, in April 2017
Prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York said that Jefferson Villalobos and four other men were led to a park in Long Island by two female MS-13 members who promised the group that they would smoke marijuana before being hit with sharp knives . on April 11, 2017. Villalobos and three of his companions were found dead a day later
The American lawyers believed that the victims were members of a local rival gang that were at odds with the MS-13.
The five young men were taken to a forest and surrounded and beaten by the machete-wielding gang members who also used knives, wooden clubs and an ax.
A fifth victim managed to escape alive and the bodies of the other four victims were located the next day.
Jorge Tigre (left), Michael Banegas (right) and two other young men found dead after a wild MS-13 attack in April 2017 in Long Island, New York. On Monday, a federal judge sentenced Freiry Martínez, one of the attackers, to 50 years in prison
Martínez would flee to Virginia and later Maryland and maintain his involvement by dealing with MS-13 members from those areas, selling street-level drugs, attacking rival gang members, and participating in the armed robbery at checks. & # 39;
The Salvadoran teenager, who was also known as & # 39; Discreto & # 39; and & # 39; Sovietico & # 39 ;, was arrested in Maryland on November 21, 2017.
During the trial, Martínez admitted that he repeatedly hit & # 39; … Justin Llivicura. & # 39;
Martínez pleaded guilty to racketeering, including predicate racketeering with regard to the murders of Llivicura, Lopez, Tigre and Villalobos.
Josue Portillo, who was then 15 at the time, was sentenced to 55 years in prison.
& # 39; The current conviction of defendant Freiry Martínez is a clear example of cooperation between law enforcement agencies and how there are no limits to criminal activity & # 39 ;, said Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder, Nassau County Police Department.
& # 39; Our partnerships continue to fight crime while maintaining our zero tolerance approach to gangs and their illegal activities to ensure the safety of our residents and communities. & # 39;
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