One of the assassins of Junior Guzman-Feliz reportedly admitted a Rikers guard to the hospital during a violent attack, just days after he and four other Trinitarios gang members were found guilty of brutal hacking of the 15-year-old outside a Bronx bodega.
Jose Muniz, detained at Rikers awaiting his transfer to a state prison, is accused of attacking the correctional officer and left him with a dislocated shoulder on Tuesday night. The New York Post reports.
A jury found defendants Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, 24; Manuel Rivera, 18; Elvin Garcia, 23; Jose Muniz, 22, and Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, 24, guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, gang attack and conspiracy for the murder of Lesandro & # 39; Junior & # 39; Guzman-Feliz, 15.
The five Trinitarios gang members included more than a dozen suspects arrested after the brutal, fatal attack outside a Bronx supermarket on June 20, 2018, which was caught on video.
After the alleged attack on a guard Tuesday, the Benevolent Association of Correction Officers said: "These attacks are regrettable and we take attacks on our officers very seriously. We aim to arrest those responsible again. & # 39;
Guzman-Feliz's mother thanked Jesus after a jury convicted the five first-degree murderers on Friday.
Five men were found guilty on Friday of hacking to death Lesandro & # 39; Junior & # 39; Guzman-Feliz, 15, right, outside a Bronx bodega last year including Jose Muniz, left
Muniz is accused of dislocating the shoulder of a Rikers Island guard on Tuesday
Also convicted was Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, pictured on the right
& # 39; I want to thank you, Jesus, & # 39; Junior's mother, Leandra Feliz, told the media after the verdict was delivered Friday afternoon.
& # 39; I'm not going to get my son back, & # 39; said Leandra, according to the New York Post& # 39; But those killers, those killers, they won't be outside to kill another child. & # 39;
Junior's father also thanked the judges for the verdict.
& # 39; I am grateful for the good work that the jury did today – it was a right decision, & # 39; said Lisandro Guzman, according to ABC 7. & # 39; My son is not coming back, but at least those villains won't be on the street. & # 39;
Junior's brother, Manny Ortiz, added: "It has been a terrible year especially for my mother and now I see a smile on her face. It's a happy ending. & # 39;
During the six-week lawsuit, it was said that Leandra was so distraught that she could ultimately not hear the testimony in the courtroom. Instead, she had to watch the procedure on a video feed in a room nearby.
Leandra denied the attempts of a lawyer to paint a junior like a gangster who died in a form of gang retribution. Civil servants had previously also rejected this claim.
& # 39; My son was a good kid, & # 39; said Leandra. & # 39; He was only 15 years old … he had never had any problems in his life until those killers – those killers – killed my son. & # 39;
& # 39; Today's judgments will not bring Junior back. Nothing is possible, & Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said in a statement about the outcome of the Friday trial. & # 39; But these judgments will send a message to those who commit acts of meaningless violence, and help us to go further and close this terrible chapter in our church's history. & # 39;
After the guilty verdicts were given, Junior & # 39; s mother, Leandra Feliz (center), told the media that she thanked Jesus for the decision
Junior's brother, Manny Ortiz, told the press that it was a terrible year for the family, but the guilty statements & # 39; a happy ending & # 39; goods
The jury meeting started on Thursday and lasted only one day.
As they ventured over the statements, they asked for a video surveillance video to be watched as Junior was dragged to his death from the neighborhood store.
They also asked to practice a testimony and to view all the evidence that the prosecutor had in the case.
NBC New York reported that Muniz heard he was speaking in Spanish & # 39; Trinitarios until the day I died & # 39; cried when he was led out of the courtroom.
All five convicted murderers are confronted with life in prison when they are convicted on July 16.
& # 39; We want to live without conditional release, as a family, live without a parole for those rats, & # 39; Junior & # 39; s brother, Manny Ortiz, told the media after the verdict was announced, PIX 11 reported.
Emotions in the courtroom ran high during the six-week trial of the quintet, which was characterized by several outbursts of Junior & # 39; s devastated mother, Leandra Feliz.
When the horrible video about her son's last moments was played for the jury last month, Leandra began to cry in pain and had to be escorted.
According to Trinitarios gang member and collaborating witness Michael Sosa Reyes, classification leader Diego Suero called on his followers to go after the rival Sunset Crew that June evening.
The gang members saw NYPD's aspiring detective, Junior Guzman-Feliz, walking the streets and saw him as a notorious member of the rival Sunset Crew
Junior was dragged out of the store by his ankles and hacked him furiously with knives and a machete on the corner of the street
The six-week trial of the suspects in The Bronx was marked by several outbursts of the destroyed mother of Guzman-Feliz, Leandra Feliz (in a striped shirt on 23 May)
Shortly thereafter the gang members saw Junior on the sidewalk and saw him as a member of the rival clique.
In the beginning, men chased him in cars and blocked him from seeking refuge in a hospital before following him on foot.
Reyes remembered the jury the moment he followed Junior inside the bodega, falsely told the shopkeeper that the boy had done something with his grandmother & # 39; & # 39 ;, and needed to be addressed.
He watched other members of the Trinitarios gang drag the terrified 15-year-old boy, aspiring to become a NYPD detective, out of his shop through his ankles, and furiously with knives and a machete on the corner hacked the street.
Reyes testified that it was Estrella who used a four-and-a-half inch knife to cut Junior & # 39; s carotid artery, causing him to bleed in the street.
The remaining nine suspects are tried for the murder of Junior in September.
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