Five Gang Members Receive Life Sentences For Murder Of "Junior" Guzman-Feliz

Richard Harbus

Richard Harbus

The five gang members who slashed a NY teen to death with a machete and knives previous year after mistaking him for a rival have been sentenced to decades in prison. "Well, I'm here to tell you...you are not a real Dominican", the judge said.

Reports said the gangbangers stabbed Guzman-Feliz to death after they mistook him for a rival gang member. In victim impact statements, read in unwavering Spanish, they let the courtroom know the depth of their unending grief. "Here I am, a mother without my son ... an innocent 15-year-old boy who was not a gang member who roamed the streets with bad intentions, these criminals ripped him away from me, leaving all his family and school friends".

"This group of evil criminals using their gang-related activities made a decision to go out and kill", she said.

"These actions were all captured on camera. In the same way the videos of their violence went viral the punishment should be equal so that the New York City can be safer for everyone".

"Please make sure my son's dreams come true", she said, according to the station.

"Unfortunately, his dream was crushed by these risky gang members", said Feliz.

Guzman-Feliz's dad, Lisandro Guzman, said the since his son's murder, he struggles "daily to find meaning in my life".

"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. You deserved to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

He talked to the five convicted killers "about the pain you caused....by killing a defenseless child". "You are the poster children for danger to society". "My hope is that another family will never have to live with the pain of losing a child, the pain that I will have to live with for the rest of my life".

The sentencing of five Trinitarios came after the boy's mother told the judge her son's killers had taken the life of an innocent. Eight others are scheduled to go on trial on October 22.

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