Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz' murderers sentenced to LIFE

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Four of the gang members who brutally stabbed Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman to death in a tragic case of mistaken identity in The Bronx have been sentenced to life behind bars. 

Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, 25, Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, 25, Jose Muniz, 23 and Elvin Garcia, 25, were all sent down for 25-years to life by a judge at the sentencing.

The final gang member, 19-year-old Manuel Rivera, who dragged and viciously knifed the innocent teen in June, 2018, was handed a lesser sentence of 23-years.     

Each of the sentences were handed down separately and come more than a year after the brutal June 20, 2018 murder of Guzman, 15, who was hacked to death with machetes and knives on the corner of East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue.

15-year-old Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz was murdered in June of 2018 in an attack that shocked the nation

15-year-old Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz was murdered in June of 2018 in an attack that shocked the nation 

Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, 25, was handed the first life sentence. Earlier in the trial, a cooperating witness Michael Sosa Reyes, revealed murderer Estrella callously bragged that his victim was ‘not going to eat for a very long time because I hit him in the neck’ as the killers fled the scene

Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, 25, was handed the first life sentence. Earlier in the trial, a cooperating witness Michael Sosa Reyes, revealed murderer Estrella callously bragged that his victim was ‘not going to eat for a very long time because I hit him in the neck’ as the killers fled the scene

Junior's mother and father delivered heartbreaking victim impact statements at the hearing.

'They killed an innocent child," she said. "Of all these men, not a single one of them said, 'No, no, don't do it.' That night, there were two deaths, Junior and I, who was left dead inside,' mom Leandra Feliz told the court.

'As a young boy, my son dreamed of becoming a detective, so he could protect this city...Please make sure my son's dreams come true. These killers should never be able to step out of a jail cell, so they know the moment they killed my son, they took their own lives as well,' she continued.

Junior's father, Lisandro Guzman, said he now struggles to sleep and dreads every weekend because they're a constant reminder his beloved son is no longer around. 

'I struggle daily to find meaning in my life,' he said. 'I am no longer the person I once was. It is impossible to find purpose in life,' he said.

'You will never have the ability to understand the pain that you caused. I will never forgive you. You deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.'

A jury convicted the five Trinitarios gang members on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, second-degree conspiracy and second-degree gang assault, in June – less than a week before the anniversary.  

Surveillance camera captured the callous slaying in full, documenting the moment Junior runs into the bodega pursued by two hooded men shortly before midnight, begging the cashier for help.

One of the men can be seen signalling to a group of five other assailants, all believed to be members of the Trinitarios gang, who were gathered on a nearby street corner.

The group of men then drag the 15-year-old out of the store as Junior tries desperately to flee their grasp, holding on the corner of the shop’s door frame before being pulled out into the street

The group then set upon the teenager with a number of knives and a machete, stabbing him over and over again as he lay on the floor attempting to dodge the blows.

Prosecutors later determined that Junior was the victim of a tragic case of mistaken identity, with his killers wrongly believing him to be a member of a rival gang. 

The final gang member, 19-year-old Manuel Rivera, who dragged and viciously knifed the innocent teen in June, 2018, was handed a sentence of 23-years

The final gang member, 19-year-old Manuel Rivera, who dragged and viciously knifed the innocent teen in June, 2018, was handed a sentence of 23-years

Prosecutors later determined that Junior was the victim of a tragic case of mistaken identity, with his killers wrongly believing him to be a member of a rival gang

Prosecutors later determined that Junior was the victim of a tragic case of mistaken identity, with his killers wrongly believing him to be a member of a rival gang

In June, Trinitarios gang member and cooperating witness Michael Sosa Reyes, revealed murderer Estrella callously bragged that his victim was ‘not going to eat for a very long time because I hit him in the neck’ as the killers fled the scene.

But in reality, Estrella did more than just strike Guzman in the neck. They say his four-and-a-half inch knife sliced the defenseless 15-year-old’s jugular vein, later causing him to bleed to death, breathless.

Reyes added that ringleader Diego Suero ordered his disciples from the ‘Bad Boys’ crew to inflict ‘any kind of damage’ on rival gang members that fateful evening on June 20, 2018.

Reyes recalled how the gang gathered inside Suero’s apartment, just one block away from the bodega on East 183rd Street.

‘Go after Sunset, you know what you have to do,’ Suero allegedly told his men.

Reyes said he interpreted the order to mean, ‘If you have a gun, shoot it, if you a have a knife, you stab, if you have a machete, you use it.’ 

Shortly afterwards, the gang members spotted aspiring NYPD detective Junior walking the streets and mistook him for a notorious member of the rival Sunset Crew.

At first the men perused him in cars, before hunting him down the terrified young teen on foot.

Michael Sosa Reyes

Jonaiki Martinez Estrella

In June, Trinitarios gang member and cooperating witness Michael Sosa Reyes (left), revealed murderer Estrella callously bragged that his victim was ‘not going to eat for a very long time because I hit him in the neck’ as the killers fled the scene 

The gang members spotted aspiring NYPD detective Junior walking the streets and mistook him for a notorious member of the rival Sunset Crew

The gang members spotted aspiring NYPD detective Junior walking the streets and mistook him for a notorious member of the rival Sunset Crew

Reyes watched on as other members of the Trinitarios gang dragged Junior out of the shop by his ankles, and savagely hacked away at him with knives and a machete on the corner of the street

Reyes watched on as other members of the Trinitarios gang dragged Junior out of the shop by his ankles, and savagely hacked away at him with knives and a machete on the corner of the street

Reyes recalled for the jury the moment he chased

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