5 gang members sentenced in Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz murder, ranging from 23 years to life without parole

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October 11, 2019 - 7:34 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Five gang members found guilty of murdering Bronx teen Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz have been sentenced Friday.

Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, 25, who was accused of inflicting the knife wound that killed Guzman-Feliz, according to prosecutors, was sentenced to life without parole.

Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, 25, Jose Muniz, 23, and Elvin Garcia, 25 were sentenced to 25 years to life and Manuel Rivera, 19, was sentenced to 23 years to life.

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A jury found the five members of the Trinitarios gang guilty of first degree murder, second degree murder, conspiracy and second degree gang assault for the June 2018 murder at a bodega of the 15-year-old Guzman-Feliz

The sentences had been delayed three times.

"They killed an innocent child. 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. 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," Guzman-Feliz's mother, Leandra Feliz, said in spanish. "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."

Guzman-Feliz's father, Lesandro Guzman, said in his victim impact statement, "I struggle daily to find meaning in my life. I am no longer the person I once was. It is impossible to find purpose in life. 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."

Hernandez Santiago was the only one not to give an apologetic statement.

Hernandez Santiago's mother had an emotional outburst and had to be removed from the courtroom.

Feliz and Guzman-Feliz's father said they were satisfied with the sentences but did not accept the apologies.

The prosecutor said that the defendants put the gang above all else and noted that Estrella had been found that morning with a sharp object hidden in his shoe by a correctional officer.

“I’m not going to have my son back but those killers, those murderers are not going to be outside killing other kids,” Leandra Feliz said when the defendants were found guilty in June. “We have to stop the violence and we have to save the city.”

Surveillance video from the bodega on Bathgate Avenue showed some of the defendants dragging Guzman-Feliz out to the street, where he was fatally stabbed, just a block from his apartment.

Eight additional defendants have yet to be tried.

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