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MS-13 ‘Little Devil’ guilty on all counts in machete massacre

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The Lengthy Island girl dubbed MS-13’s “Little Devil” was convicted Monday of federal homicide and racketeering expenses for luring 4 younger males right into a lethal ambush by the hands of the notoriously vicious gang.

Linez “Diablita” Escobar, 22, was discovered responsible on all six expenses after simply 16 minutes of deliberations on Monday morning and jurors weighed the fees for about three hours Friday. She faces as much as life in jail at her sentencing, which is scheduled for Sept. 14.

Escobar confirmed no emotion as the decision was learn within the courtroom, sitting stiff-shouldered and staring ahead blankly.

Escobar was charged in federal courtroom in Central Islip with serving to orchestrate the brutal 2017 machete bloodbath.

“With at present’s verdict, Escobar has been held liable for the essential function that she willingly performed in orchestrating probably the most vicious and mindless mass murders within the district in reminiscence,” Breon Peace, US Lawyer for the Japanese District of New York, mentioned in an announcement. 

Leniz Escobar, aka Diablita or LIttle Devil, is seen in an undated mugshot entered into evidence Monday, March 21, 2022. Escobar, is charged with luring five young men into a wooded area adjacent to the Central Islip Recreational Center where more than a dozen MS-13 members armed with machetes, knives, an axe and other weapons lay in wait for the victims. Credit: United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York
Linez “Diablita” Escobar, 22, was discovered responsible on all six expenses.
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“The defendant confirmed utter disregard for human life by main the victims right into a killing area, to their slaughter, to boost her stature together with her fellow cold-blooded murderers throughout the MS-13 gang,” Peace mentioned. 

The victims, who believed they had been assembly her to smoke marijuana in an area park, had been caught in a lure and attacked by the savage gangsters in what federal prosecutors referred to as “a horrific frenzy of violence.”

Prosecutors said during closing arguments Wednesday that Escobar, who was 17 on the time, satisfied MS-13 members that the victims “mocked” them by posting footage throwing gang indicators on social media.

Victims of a MS-13 connected quadruple homicide in Central Islip Long Island.  From left; Justin Llivicura,  Jefferson Villalobos, Michael Lopez Banega, and Jorge Tigre.
Justin Llivicura, Jefferson Villalobos, Michael Lopez Banega, and Jorge Tigre had been victims of the quadruple murder.

Prosecutors relied on testimony from a number of gang members, together with Escobar’s then-boyfriend, to make a case in opposition to her.

“You heard [gang member] David Gaitan-Rivera’s testimony,” Assistant US Lawyer Justina Geraci instructed jurors. “He instructed you the way one of many victims had reached for [Escobar] earlier than he was killed and his blood had gotten throughout her shirt.

“He instructed you the way she licked the blood off her lips.”

EVIDENCE PHOTO of Leniz Escobar, a.k.a. “Diablita” or “Little Devil.” leave Federal in Central Islip, NY
Leniz Escobar faces as much as life in jail at her sentencing later this yr.
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5 younger males had been ambushed throughout the April 11, 2017 bloodbath, with 4 of them –Miguel Lopez, 20, Justin Llivicura, 16, and Jefferson Villalobos and Jose Tigre, each 18 — hacked to loss of life and left in a pool of blood.

Their mangled our bodies were found nearby the next day.

“This was by far probably the most horrific crime scenes we’ve ever dealt with,” Suffolk County Murder Detective Jefffrey Bottari testified on the trial. “Will probably be etched in my reminiscence, as will probably be for everybody after this. It was unimaginable.”

Police set up a crime scene at a park in Central Islip, Long Island where four mutilated bodies of young men were found on April 13, 2017 in Central Islip, New York.
Police arrange against the law scene at a park in Central Islip, Lengthy Island, the place 4 mutilated our bodies of younger males had been discovered on April 13, 2017.
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The fifth meant sufferer, Elmer Alexander Arteaga Ruiz, now 22, ran for his life and managed to get away.

He lived to testify in opposition to Escobar.

“They mentioned, ‘Don’t transfer. Whoever strikes, dies,’” Ruiz instructed the jury. “I ran as a result of the primary phrases they mentioned was that we had been going to die, they had been going to kill us, they usually had weapons.”

Police set up a crime scene at a park in Central Islip, Long Island where four mutilated bodies of young men were found on April 13, 2017 in Central Islip, New York
5 younger males had been ambushed throughout the April 11, 2017, bloodbath.
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Ruiz mentioned he and his pals posted the pictures utilizing MS-13 hand indicators — perceived as an indication of disrespect by the gang — as a result of he thought it could appeal to ladies and had been “not considering of the results.”

He mentioned that “Diablita,” Escobar’s Snapchat deal with, “match her effectively.”

Prosecutors mentioned Escobar later bragged to her MS-13 boyfriend over a number of phonecalls that she was “joyful” she arrange the bloodbath.

MS-13 gang associate Keyli Gomez
MS-13 gang affiliate Keyli Gomez testified in opposition to Leniz “Diablita” Escobar.
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In courtroom, Escobar repeatedly smiled and joked together with her protection crew, telling one among her attorneys on the opening of the trial, “Huge day.”

Her chilling mugshot exhibits her smirking whereas giving the digicam a chilly stare.

Protection legal professional Jesse Siegel maintained that his consumer was on the scene of the bloodbath — however didn’t know that the victims could be attacked.

The area outside a Central Islip park where Leniz Escobar AKA “Little Devil” allegedly lured 5 teens to their death by the MS13 gang, one person Elmer Alexander Arteaga Ruiz escaped unharmed
Prosecutors mentioned Leniz Escobar, who was 17 on the time, satisfied MS-13 members that the victims “mocked” them by posting footage throwing gang indicators on social media.
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The area inside a Central Islip park where Leniz Escobar AKA “Little Devil” allegedly lured 5 teens to their death by the MS13 gang, one person Elmer Alexander Arteaga Ruiz escaped unharmed
The fifth meant sufferer, Elmer Alexander Arteaga Ruiz, now 22, ran for his life and managed to get away.
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“I’d say that we’re dissatisfied, however we do recognize the effort and time put in by the jury,” he mentioned after the decision Monday. 

“The very first thing we’re going to need to deal with is sentencing, which is scheduled for September, and there’s loads of work to be achieved,” Siegel mentioned. “So, when it’s time to condemn Leniz, Decide [Joseph] Bianco has a good suggestion who she is. Individuals shouldn’t be outlined solely for the worst factor they ever do.” 

He mentioned Escobar “had an awfully troublesome life.” 

Through the trial, Siegel additionally dismissed the testimony of Escobar’s boyfriend, Sergio Vladimir Segovia Pineda, and different MS-13 gangsters who took the stand.

“The jury shouldn’t depend on the witnesses that the federal government put ahead, that means these cooperating witnesses who’re all extraordinarily dangerous people who find themselves testifying pursuant to cooperation agreements,” he mentioned as he left the courthouse final week. 

Friends and family of Leniz Escobar, a.k.a. “Diablita” or “Little Devil.” leave Federal in Central Islip, NY
Family and friends of Leniz Escobar depart federal courtroom in Central Islip, NY.
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Escobar’s cousin, Cindy Escobar, instructed reporters she had “a really troublesome life since she was very younger,” and “didn’t have a father. Didn’t have a mom. Didn’t have a secure childhood.”

4 different MS-13 members additionally accused of finishing up the deadly assault are awaiting trial, whereas two others have been sentenced to 50 and 55 years in jail.

One in every of them, Jorge Portillo, who was simply 15 on the time of the killing spree, pleaded guilty to charges of murder, racketeering and conspiracy in 2019.

MS-13, a notoriously vicious gang also referred to as La Mara Salvatrucha, was based by Central American immigrants in Los Angeles within the Eighties. It has since grown into a world felony enterprise — with a stronghold on Long Island.