Five Bronx gang members were convicted of first-degree murder on Friday for the massacre of 15-year-old Junior Guzmán Feliz in a fatal case of mistaken identity.
The defendants Jonaiki Estrella Martinez, Elvin Garcia, Antonio Rodríguez Hernández Santiago, Miguel Rivera and Jose Muniz face life in prison for their convictions. They were also convicted of conspiracy and gang assault.
The jury deliberated for eight hours over two days before returning their guilty verdicts against the murderous quintet, all members of the Trinitarios gang. The verdicts were read in a courtroom filled with more than three dozen court officials.
On June 20, 2018, Junior's murder was captured in a heartbreaking video from a security camera.
"I am not going to get my son back, but those murderers, those murderers, are not going to be outside killing other children," said his mother, Leandra Feliz. “My son was a good boy, he was only 15 years old… He was a really good boy. He had never been in any trouble in his life until those children killed him."
The mother seemed relieved, as if the general verdict had lifted a huge burden almost a year after her son's murder.
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