Five members of the “Trinitarios” plead guilty to the murder of “Junior” Guzmán-Feliz
five members of “Los Sures”group associated with the gang “Trinitarians”, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the murder of the young man Lesandro “Junior” Guzmán-Feliz which occurred on June 20, 2018 in The Bronx.
The fiscal distrital Darcel D. Clark stated that the defendants, Ronald Ureña, Luis Cabrera Santos, 29, Gabriel Ramírez Concepción, 30, and Danilo Payamps Pacheco, 26, pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter on Wednesday, before the Supreme Court judge from the Bronx, Ralph Fabrizio. José Tavarez, 26, pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter on November 16, 2022, before the Bronx Supreme Court Justice Ralph Fabrizio.
“The actions of the defendants culminated in the brutal attack against Lesandro “Junior” Guzmán. They, along with seven other defendants, have been charged with the murder of the 15-year-old boy that shocked the Bronx and the entire nation. Ever since “Junior” was taken from his family we have been relentless in getting justice for him. These defendants will be sentenced to prison terms ranging from 12 to 15 years for their role in this horrendous tragedy,” Prosecutor Clark said in a statement.
Santos will be sentenced on January 10, 2023, and the sentencing of four other defendants is scheduled for January 13, 2023. According to the guilty plea, Ureña will be sentenced to 15 years in prison, five years after release with monitoring and waiving the right to appeal; Santos, Concepción and Pacheco will be sentenced to 12 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision, waiving the right to appeal; and Tavarez to 15 years in prison – 13 for the manslaughter conviction and two years for a separate weapons case – and five years after release supervision and waiving the right to appeal.
According to the investigation, on the night of June 20, 2018, Diego Suero, leader of “Los Sures” a violent group of the “Trinitarios” gang, and Federico Then, second in command, summoned members of the group to Suero’s house and he ordered them to commit acts of violence against another group of Trinitarians called “Puesta de Sol”.
The five defendants were part of a group that was traveling in four cars, and ran into the young Lesandro Guzmán-Feliz, who tried to run away by running approximately four blocks to a warehouse in Belmont, where he sought refuge.
According to the investigation, the defendants were recorded on images of the store’s cameras entering the warehouse, and then dragging the victim out of the store. When the young man was forcibly removed from the store, five other defendants stabbed him.