Last year a survellience video of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz murder put the world in shock. “Junior” is seen being dragged outside and stabbed to death with knives and a machete by gang members outside of a Belmont bodega. The hashtag #JusticeForJunior quickly circulated as soon as the graphic video was released online.
Jose Muniz, Elvin Garcia, Manuel Rivera, Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, and Antonio Santiago are the men shown in the video, however nine other suspects will also be tried for their involvement. The murder occured after the five men mistook “Junior” as a member of a rival gang.
On Friday afternoon all 5 defendants were found guilty of first-degree and second-degree murder, conspiracy and gang assault. Their final sentencing will take place next month. The other men will be sentenced at a later date not yet announced.