MS-13 gang member, is in US illegally, plead guilty to the brutal quadruple murder



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An illegal immigrant and a member of the MS-13 gang, faces a life sentence after pleading guilty Monday to take part in the brutal slaughter of four young men on New York’s Long Island, in a case that was highlighted by President Trump.

Joshua Portillo, 17, but charged as an adult, pled guilty in federal court to racketeering charges and for his participation in the April 2017 murders of Justin Llivicura, Michael Lopez Banegas, Jefferson Nowadays, and Jorge Tigre in the forest behind a Central Islip, new york, football field, plaintiffs claim. He is now up to life in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 10.

The case was highlighted by President Trump in May at an event on Long Island, the epicenter of the MS-13 gang murders in the country, to insist on stricter immigration controls, including the families of three of the four men killed, the New York Times reported.

Portillo admitted that he was planning the murder with the other members of the notorious gang, whose motto is “Kill, rape, control.” They believed that the four men were rival gang members. The victims were then lured to the woods and attacked with machetes, knives and clubs.

“The Eastern District, together with our partners at the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force, it will never be enough to relent, nor in our efforts to dismantle MS-13 and bring to justice their members, who have no respect for human life,” the Attorney of the V. S. Richard’donoghue said in a statement.

Prosecutors said Portillo entered the U.S. illegally from El Salvador. Many of the MS-13 members are from El Salvador and Honduras, with many of them come in the country illegally. Increasingly, however, the gang is recruiting young teenagers who were born in the USA

The killer was only 16 at the time of the murders, and the authorities initially charged him as a young together with the other members and associates of the group, according to the Times. But the judge decided that Portillo should be tried as an adult, says the teenager was charged with the “four heinous, premeditated murders” and a danger to the community.

The violence perpetrated by the MS-13 gang includes in 2016, the slaughter of two teenage girls in Brentwood and led to congressional hearings on the issue. The gang has reportedly been responsible for at least 25 deaths since January 2016, across a wide swath of Long Island. A lot of other people are reported missing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

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