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MS-13 gang member pleads guilty in grisly murder of 4, including 2 teen girls

 September 3, 2023

A 26-year-old MS-13 gang member pleaded guilty on Thursday to his participation in the gruesome murders of four individuals on Long Island, as the Daily Wire reported.

The murders include the notorious 2016 slaying of two teenage friends, Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas, who tragically lost their lives on a quiet Brentwood Street, in a community located roughly 40 miles from Manhattan.

The girls, who were just 15 and 16 years old, faced a ferocious attack that involved baseball bats and machetes.

Murderer's Admission in Central Islip Court

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justina Geraci noted, "The defendant and others chased and attacked them with baseball bats and machetes," as the New York Post reported.

Geraci added, "The defendant hit one of the girls so hard the bat actually broke."

The confessed killer, identifiable by his aliases "Oso" and "Turkey," detailed during his Central Islip federal court hearing how he, along with fellow MS-13 members, sighted the girls and subsequently ambushed them.

"I used a bat to hit one of the girls. I also hit the second girl," he conveyed through his attorney.

The murderer claimed that the teenage victims allegedly offended some gang members.

Prosecutors noted that the deceased teenagers bore numerous cuts and had sustained considerable blunt force injuries to their heads and torsos upon discovery.

Other Crimes Unveiled

The assailant's violent spree was not limited to the horrific double murder. He revealed his involvement in another homicide in 2016 using a baseball bat, targeting a 34-year-old man named Dewann Stacks.

Additionally, he stood guard during the execution-style murder of a 29-year-old, Esteban Alvarado-Bonilla, inside a Central Islip deli in 2017.

The killer also admitted to an arson act and four counts of attempted murder, including an assault on two inmates using shanks at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. His defense highlighted his non-cooperation with federal agencies, citing fears of prison retaliation.

The charges against the gang member could result in a life sentence for racketeering and a minimum of 10 years for firearms offenses.

Heightened Awareness and Previous Administration's Response

The Brentwood killings of the two teens thrust MS-13 into the national spotlight.

It elicited a response from then-President Donald Trump, who traveled to the affected Long Island community, pledging to root out and disband the notorious MS-13 gang.

Originating in Los Angeles but with a significant stronghold in El Salvador, MS-13's influence has grown extensively.

As of 2017, its membership exceeded 10,000 in the U.S. alone. Apart from murders and assaults, recent intelligence has linked the gang to human trafficking activities and provided muscle for drug cartels near the southern U.S. border.