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In the first round of the trial in the murder case of 15-year-old Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, all 5 men have been found guilty of all four charges. Each faced first degree murder, second degree murder second degree conspiracy and second degree gang assault.
Last year, the video of Junior running through the streets of New York from a group of men, went viral. As he begged for help in a bodega, he was struck multiple times with knives and machetes. A single knife stab to the neck is what killed him.
Prosecutors had argued that surveillance video shows that Martinez Estrella struck the knife blow to the neck that killed Guzman-Feliz.
This was the first round of the trial. There are 14 total defendants on trial. Prosecutors agreed the suspects killed Junior after mistaking him for a rival gang member. The men face 20 years to life behind bars. The other 9 suspects will be tried at a later date.
Written by Clarke Jones
Source: New York CBS