The five attackers who murdered Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz last June were sentenced to life in prison on Friday in Bronx Criminal Court.
After reviewing the surveillance video from June 20, 2018, Bronx Judge Robert Neary delivered the sentences to Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, Elvin Garcia, Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, Miguel Rivera and Jose Muniz, all of whom were reported members of the Trinitarios street gang, according to the New York Post and the New York Times.
Muniz, 23, Hernandez Santiago, 25, and Garcia, 25, will be eligible for parole after 25 years, and Rivera will be eligible after 23 years.
Martinez Estrella, 25, who Judge Neary deemed the “executioner” of the headline-grabbing murder, was sentenced to prison in life with no parole.
Footage from the attack shows that Martinez Estrella was the one who stabbed, and ultimately killed, 15-year-old Guzman-Feliz during the machete and knife assault.
“Certain words come to mind when I think about your involvement,” the outlet reports the judge had said to Martinez Estrella. “Senseless is one of these words. Savage is another word. But the one that often comes to my mind is cowardly.”
The judge also added that Martinez Estrella had previously “shown little remorse,” and despite being emotional Friday in the courtroom, the judge said: “It rings a little hollow this late in the game.”
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Georgia Slater