MS-13 Gang Murder Convicted of Hacking an 18-Year-Old Man and Burying Him in a Secret New York Grave

MS-13 gang murderer convicted of hacking an 18-year-old man and burying him in a secret grave could be released in NINE years

  • Samuel ‘Little Chickie’ Ponce was sentenced to nine years to life on August 25 for his role in the MS-13 gang murder of Bryan Lemus on August 23, 2016
  • Ponce was just 15 years old when he and four other gang members lured Lemus – a rival – to the Massapequa reserve while walking a dog
  • The gang attacked Lemus with machetes and then buried him in a pit; authorities discovered his body on May 24, 2019
  • Four other members of the gang, including Ponce’s older brother, have been charged with the attack


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An MS-13 gang member was sentenced to life imprisonment — but could be released within nine years — for his role in the 2016 machete murder of an 18-year-old man in a New York park.

20-year-old Samuel “Little Chickie” Ponce pleaded guilty on June 28 to second-degree murder in connection with the death of Bryan Lemus, an alleged rival to the street gang.

Ponce, who was 15 at the time of the cold-blooded murder, was given a lighter sentence, despite prosecutors recommending 11 years to life. The maximum that the then teenage killer could have gotten was 15 years to life.

Bryan Lemus was lured to the Massapequa Reservation in Uniondale, New York on August 23, 2016, by five members of the MS-13 and was hacked to death before being buried in a secret grave. Authorities discovered his body on May 24, 2019. All five MS-13 members have been charged in the past year, including 20-year-old Samuel “Little Chickie” Ponce, who was sentenced to nine years to life on August 25.

Samuel “Little Chickie” Ponce was one of five MS-13 gang members who ambushed and killed 18-year-old an alleged rival Bryan Lemus on August 23, 2016. Ponce was sentenced to life in prison on August 25, but can be released in nine years

“Bryan Lemus’ life was violently cut short when he was ambushed and killed with machetes by Samuel Ponce and other members of MS-13,” Acting DA Joyce A. Smith said in a statement.

Lemus was walking his dog along Arthur Street in Uniondale, Long Island, when members of the infamous gang lured him to the Massapequa Reservation on Aug. 23, 2016, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

Once in Long Island Park, Ponce and four other MS-13 gang members, including his brother Raúl Ponce, attacked Lemus with machetes and then buried him in a secret grave.

Lemus’s body was found on May 24, 2019 in the Massapequa Reservation by the Nassau County Police Department.

MS-13 member Gershon Stanley Juarez was charged in 2020 with the murder of Bryan Lemus, an 18-year-old who was hacked to death on August 23, 2016 in Uniondale, New York.

MS-13 member Gershon Stanley Juarez was charged in 2020 with the murder of Bryan Lemus, an 18-year-old who was hacked to death on August 23, 2016 in Uniondale, New York.

Christian Rodríguez is one of five MS-13 gang members charged with the murder of 18-year-old Bryan Lemus in Uniondale, New York

Christian Rodríguez is one of five MS-13 gang members charged with the murder of 18-year-old Bryan Lemus in Uniondale, New York

Gershon Stanley Juarez (left) and Christian Rodríguez (right) are among five MS-13 gang members charged with the murder of 18-year-old Bryan Lemus in Uniondale, New York

Raúl Ponce, the older brother of Samuel, was charged on January 23, 2020 with first-degree conspiracy and second-degree conspiracy in connection with the murder of Bryan Lemus.  Ponce was previously charged with second-degree murder

Raúl Ponce, the older brother of Samuel, was charged on January 23, 2020 with first-degree conspiracy and second-degree conspiracy in connection with the murder of Bryan Lemus.  Ponce was previously charged with second-degree murder

Raúl Ponce, the older brother of Samuel, was charged on January 23, 2020 with first-degree conspiracy and second-degree conspiracy in connection with the murder of Bryan Lemus. Ponce was previously charged with second-degree murder

At the time of the gruesome find, Detective Lieutenant Stephen Fitzpatrick argued that the gang members “felt he was an enemy of their particular cabal, so he was marked for death at the time.”

Ponce, a resident of El Salvador, was taken into custody on September 17, 2019.

According to news day, he illegally crossed the United States-Mexico border at age 13 and was held in custody until he was reunited with his father on Long Island.

Fellow gang members Raúl Ponce, Christian Rodríguez, Jeustin David Maldonado and Gershon Stanley Juarez were all charged with murder on January 23, 2020. They each risk 50 years to life if convicted.

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