An MS-13 gang member will die in prison for plotting the murders of two teens who were lured to a forest area in suburban New York City and attacked with machetes.
Kevin López-Morales, 23, was sentenced to life in prison by Nassau County judge Patricia Harrington on Wednesday.
He may be eligible for parole in 24 years. Morales admitted two murder charges on September 9, 2019.
López-Morales and other Hollywood Clique members of MS-13 were able to lure Josue Amaya-Leonor, 19, to the wooded area of the Roosevelt Preserve in Long Island and promised him marijuana before giving him a shot on September 4, 2016. machete.
Amaya-Leonor, who was seen as a rival to the gang, was subsequently buried by López-Morales and his co-defendants. His body was found on May 30, 2018.
The cases against López-Morales’ co-defendants are still pending.
López-Morales was also guilty of killing 15-year-old Ángel Soler on July 21, 2017.
Kevin López-Morales, 23, was sentenced to life in prison by Nassau County Judge Patricia Harrington on Wednesday. A member of the MS-13, López-Morales pleaded guilty in June 2019 to the murder of Josue Amaya-Leonor on September 4, 2016 and the murder of 15-year-old Ángel Soler on July 21, 2017. parole in 24 years.
Josue Amaya-Leonor, 19, was lured into the wooded area of the Roosevelt Preserve in Long Island by MS-13 mobsters. He was promised marijuana before he was hacked with a machete on September 4, 2016
Ángel Soler (right) died at age 15 on July 21, 2017 in Long Island, New York, after being brutally beaten by the MS-13. His remains were found buried under cement in October of the same year in a wooded area in the city of Roosevelt. At the time of his disappearance, his mother Supaya Soler (left) told Telemundo that her son had arrived from Honduras in 2015 as an unaccompanied minor and had fled his native country due to gang violence. Before his death, the high school student had told her he had been threatened by the MS-13
He and fellow gang members David Sosa-Guevera, Victor López and Dennis López attacked the high school student with a machete and buried his body under cement in a remote forest area in the city of Roosevelt.
The body of Soler — a Honduran resident who arrived to the United States as an unaccompanied minor in 2014 — was found near the Southern State Parkway on Oct. 19, 2017.
At the time of his disappearance, Soler’s mother had told Telemundo that he had been threatened by the gang and informed the police that they feared he had fallen into their hands.
Sosa-Guevera was sentenced to 24 years to life and Victor López was sentenced to 23 years to life. Dennis López was also sentenced to 23 years to life in prison.
“Kevin López-Morales and his co-defendants acted as friends of two young men, but lured them to death for alleged contempt for MS-13,” said Joyce A. Smith, acting district attorney of Nassau County. “MS-13 has left behind many grieving families on Long Island, but their efforts to destroy our community have been unsuccessful and will not succeed. We will continue to devote all necessary resources to eliminate this brutal and unimaginable gang violence in our communities.”
López-Morales is the second MS-13 member to receive a life sentence in less than a week.
Samuel “Little Chickie” Ponce was one of five MS-13 gang members who ambushed and killed alleged rival Bryan Lemus (18) on August 23, 2016. Ponce was sentenced to life in prison on August 25, but could be free in nine years.
Samuel “Little Chickie” Ponce, 20, was convicted on Aug. 25 for his role in the machete murder of 18-year-old Bryan Lemus in a Nassau County park in 2016.
Ponce, who was 15 at the time of the cold-blooded murder, could be free in nine years.
MS-13 — which reportedly committed more than two dozen murders between 2016 and 2017 — became a frequent target of former President Donald Trump as he sought to tighten the country’s immigration laws.
In May 2018, Trump claimed that “we have people entering or trying to get into the country, we are holding back a lot of them, but we are getting people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are,” President Trump said at a May White House meeting with California lawmakers opposed to sanctuary city policies.
“These aren’t people. These are animals.’
The gang, also known as the Mara Salvatrucha, was formed in Los Angeles between the 1970s and 1980s to protect immigrants from El Salvador from rival gangs.
The gang’s presence quickly spread to El Salvador when many members were deported, extending the MS-13’s influence to neighboring countries in Central America.
The infamous street gang spread across the United States over the years, entrenching in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Mississippi, and Virginia.