A federal jury will hear a preliminary statement next week in the trial of a Long Island woman accused of trying to seduce four young men to kill more than a dozen members of the MS-13 Street gang.
CENTRAL ISLIP, NY – A federal jury will hear the opening statement Monday in the trial of a Long Island woman accused of trying to seduce four young men by more than a dozen members of the MS-13 Street gang to kill them.
Prosecutors say Leniz helped conduct the 2017 genocide as a teenage accomplice in the Escobar gang before falsely claiming to be the victim of the ambush.
Escobar is not guilty of racketeering charges in the four deaths described in Central Islip Park as “a horrific frenzy of violence” involving knives, knives and tree limbs.
Defense attorney Jesse Siegel told The Associated Press that “almost five years later, Mrs. Escobar is looking forward to spending her days in court.”
MS-13 wanted to settle a score, prosecutors complained, and believed the young victims were members of rival 18th Street gang. The families of the victims have denied that any of the victims were in the group.
Prosecutors allege that Escobar, then 17, wanted to work for MS-13 and warned its members to hunt in a wooded area. Under the MS-13 rule, the killings were “pre-authorized” by the gang leadership, prosecutors say, and those who contributed to the killings stood to gain membership or ascend to organizational positions.
Authorities say Escobar later threw his cellphone from a moving vehicle – as well as a SIM card that was removed and so badly damaged that law enforcement could not recover its contents.
“In addition, Escobar canceled the bloody dress he wore on the night of the murder,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing.
MS-13, also known as La Mara Salvatrucha, recruits minors from El Salvador and Honduras, although many gang members were born in the United States, and the gang has been responsible for dozens of murders across the Long Island area since January 2016.