Seven murders, including the brutal 2016 beating of teenage friends Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, are the crimes being charged against Alexi Saenz and four other MS-13 gang members. Saenz was the leader and the Trump administration is seeking the death penalty against him if convicted.
The charges were brought against the killers in 2017. Charges included murder, conspiracy, racketeering and other crimes related to the horrific deaths of the girls.
The murder of the girls rocked New York and the country as a whole. The two were close friends and their bodies were found near each other, having been murdered with a machete and bat. Mickens was reportedly hardly recognizable after the beating.
Several more murdered teenagers have been discovered in the Brentwood area since then.
“For far too long on Long Island, members of MS-13 have been meting out their own death penalty,” said Robert Capers, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in 2017 when the individuals were charged. “The murders of these teens are particularly disturbing.”
This news comes as President Trump announced this week that 21 prominent MS-13 figures had been arrested in Nevada and New York recently.
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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