NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A jury has found all five defendants guilty of murder in the brutal killing of Bronx teen Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, who was stabbed to death outside a bodega last summer.
The five defendants — Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, Elvin Garcia, Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santagio, Manuel Rivera and Jose Muniz — were found guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy and gang assault.
They all face life in prison when they’re sentenced on July 16.
The jury reached the verdict Friday after less than two days of deliberations.
The five men were charged with having the most violent role in the attack, but they’re among 14 reputed Trinitarios gang members who have been arrested and charged in the case. The other nine men are set to go on trial in September.
Jonaiki Martinez Estrellav — who authorities say dealt the fatal blow to Guzman-Feliz’s neck — was the first to be found guilty Friday.
Authorities say the group of men targeted Guzman-Feliz in the Bronx on June 20, 2018 because they thought he was from a rival gang. The teen ran into the bodega to escape them, but the men dragged him outside and stabbed him to death with a machete and knives, according to authorities.
On Thursday, jurors were asked to re-watch some of the most graphic parts of surveillance video showing the attack.
It reportedly shows men dragging the 15-year-old out of the bodega and stabbing him repeatedly – one of the attackers using a machete, the others using knives.
They also asked to rehear some of the suspects’ testimony about the conversations they had before the deadly attack, including how they planned to carry weapons and look for rival gang members to assault but not kill.
Defense attorneys have not denied their clients involvement.