Gangbangers Get Heavy Sentences for Brutal Murder of ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2019

Reports said the men, who are suspected members of the Trinitarios gang, were found guilty in June and charged with murder, gang assault, and conspiracy, according to a report by News 12 The Bronx.

On the night of the attack, the gang members were in four cars when they saw Guzman-Feliz, according to prosecutors.

The savage pack stabbed the teen outside of the Cruz and Chiky bodega after he was dragged out of the Belmont store in a case of mistaken identity - a slaying that shocked the city, and grabbed national headlines.

Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, 25, Jose Muniz, 23, and Elvin Garcia, 25, were each sentenced to life behind bars with an opportunity for parole after 25 years, the Post reported.

Manuel Rivera got 23 to life, a sentence of mercy, Judge Robert Neary said, because he was 18 at the time of the murder.

"Not a single one said 'No! No!"

"I find it ironic that when you were arrested you bragged to the detective 'I'm a real Dominican, ' puffing out your chest".

In the sentencing, the judge said the words that came to his mind throughout the hard case: senseless, savage, and cowardly.

"I'd like to ask for forgiveness from all his family, Dominicans, and the state of NY and all my family for dirtying their name", Muniz said.

"I do not accept any apologies because the only thing I want is my son back", Junior's mother said. In victim impact statements, read in unwavering Spanish, they let the courtroom know the depth of their unending grief.

Junior's father, Lisandro Guzman, told the men, "I will never forgive you".

The sole outburst in court, the mother of Santiago saying her son did not kill Junior.

An attorney following the case, Christopher Carrion, said the judge handed down a sentence that fit the crime.

"I think it sends a strong message that the city is tough on crime, that you can't join a gang and hurt people the same way and if you do, you're going to be punished for it and punished very severely", Carrion said.

The story doesn't end here for the Guzman family; there are still eight more men who will stand trial for their alleged roles in Junior's murder. Two of them are scheduled for October 22.

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