Trump Admin Seeks Death Penalty for MS-13 Leader Responsible for Seven Murders
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.