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MS-13 gang member pleads guilty in brutal quadruple killing

August 24, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
MS-13 gang member pleads guilty in brutal quadruple killing

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MS-13 gang member, in US illegally, pleads guilty in brutal quadruple killing

A member of the ultra-violent MS-13 gang, who is also illegally in the United States, is facing life behind bars after entering a guilty plea on Monday to playing a part in the horrific slaying of four young men on Long Island, New York.

Josue Portillo, who is 17-years-old but has been charged as an adult in the case, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of racketeering and for his role in the 2017 killings of Justin Llivicura, Michael Lopez Banegas, Jefferson Villalobos and Jorge Tigre in the woods behind a soccer field in Central Islip, N.Y.

He faces life in federal prison when he is sentenced in January, according to ABC7.

President Trump discussed the case in May at an event on Long Island, the hub of MS-13 gang murders in the U.S., to push for stronger immigration controls, which included the families of the three of the four murdered men, according to the New York Times.

Portillo confessed that he plotted the killings with other members of the infamous gang, whose slogan is “Kill, rape, control.”

They believed the four victims were members of a rival gang. The four men were lured to the woods and were ambushed with machetes and knives.

Victims of the MS-13 quadruple homicide (from left) Justin Llivicura, Jefferson Villalobos, Michael Lopez Banega and Jorge Tigre.

“The Eastern District, with our partners on the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force, will never tire nor relent to dismantle MS-13 and bring to justice their members who have no respect for life,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue announced in a statement.

Prosecutors indicated Portillo illegally immigrated to the United States.

Many of the MS-13 members are from El Salvador and Honduras, with many of them in the U.S. illegally. Frequently, however, the gang is drafting young teens who are U.S. citizens.

The killer was only 16-years-old at the time of the homicides and police initially charged him as a juvenile with other members of the gang.

However, the judge ordered that Portillo be tried as an adult, stated that the teen was charged with “four heinous, premeditated murders” and posed a threat to the community.

The violence committed by the MS-13 gang includes the 2016 murders of two teens girls in Brentwood and resulted in congressional hearings on the issue.

The group has been responsible for at least 25 slayings since January 2016 across Long Island. Many other individuals have been reported missing.

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