Justice comes for Junior: Jury finds all 5 gang members GUILTY of first-degree murder in clean-sweep verdict
A jury verdict Friday means there is now some Justice for Junior nearly a year after the teen was brutally slain outside a Bronx bodega. Five Trinitarios gang members of more than a dozen men arrested were convicted. Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, Manuel Rivera, Elvin Garcia, Jose Muniz and Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, who were all convicted on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, gang assault and conspiracy, now face jail time.
“We hope that the verdict today brings some consolation to the family, who have endured so much pain,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said.
Deliberations in the trial began Thursday. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled for the men convicted.
Another 10 men were arrested in connection with the teen’s June 20 death.
The teen was chased down by a group of alleged members of the Trinatrios gang. He hid in a bodega, but he was dragged out and attacked with knives and a machete.
Video shows the teen stumble back into the bodega. Workers inside directed him down the street to a hospital, but he collapsed before he could get medical help.