Leniz Escobar Faces Life in Prison After Murder Convictions – What We Know!

Leniz Escobar appears in a mugshot

A New York State lady linked with the MS-13 gang was discovered responsible Monday of 4 separate murders and racketeering.

Leniz Escobar, 22, lured a gaggle of 5 males and boys into Central Islip Park in April 2017. 4 victims had been crushed and hacked to loss of life with tree limbs, machetes, and knives in what federal prosecutors described in court docket papers as “a horrific frenzy of violence.”

A fifth sufferer escaped the bloodbath perpetrated by over a dozen members of the vicious, transnational legal group.

Escobar, who used the deal with “La Diablita,” or “Little Satan” on social media, is believed to have lured the boys to their deaths in an effort to curry favor with the gang members. She and Keyli Gomez, who has pleaded responsible to racketeering expenses and is awaiting sentencing, instigated the ambush after seeing the victims “flashing MS-13 gang indicators on social media,” a decide within the case famous in a June 2018 ruling. Each Escobar and Gomez had been youngsters on the time of the slayings. Escobar was tried as an grownup and faces a possible sentence of life imprisonment.

“They had been simply highschool youngsters,” Assistant U.S. Lawyer Megan Farrell stated throughout opening statements because the trial started late final month. “They had been making an attempt to look robust and get consideration. The members of MS-13 noticed these footage on social media and noticed these footage as a deep signal of disrespect, sufficient to justify loss of life.”

Prosecutors additionally stated the deaths could have been motivated by a perception that these within the footage had been members of a rival gang. The households of the victims and the lone survivor insist that not one of the slain had been gang members in any respect–simply younger males seeking to impress ladies.

On the evening of April 11, 2017, Michael Lopez Banega, 20, Justin Llivicura, 16, Jorge Tigre, 18, and Jefferson Villalobos had been killed after following Escobar to a wooded space of the park for what they thought was going to be a hangout to smoke marijuana.

Ordered to kneel, and instructed they had been going to die, the assailants made good on their promise besides as to 22-year-old Elmer Alexander Arteaga-Ruiz. He instantly fled after being promised loss of life.

“Eight or 9 coated their faces with sweaters, instructed us to get down on our knees. They’d weapons…machetes,” he stated by the use of a translator throughout Escobar’s trial–seeing the lady who orchestrated the homicide in particular person for the primary time since that fateful evening of violence, based on a document of his testimony reported by CBS Information. “I jumped a fence and stone wall, ran for my life. One shouted behind me, ‘Hack him!’ Thank God I managed to get away.”

Throughout the bloodbath, Escobar acquired on her knees as effectively, pretending to be one of many supposed victims. Her garments from that evening had been soaked in blood. She later disposed of them–alongside together with her mobile phone–from a transferring automotive in a failed effort to hide her involvement.

The following day, the mutilated our bodies of the 4 had been discovered stacked on prime of each other close to a kids’s playground and soccer area.

Jeffrey Amador, the defendant’s then-boyfriend, and reportedly a former high-ranking member of the Los Angeles-based gang also referred to as La Mara Salvatrucha, testified for the prosecution. He stated he took half within the killings, that Escobar selected the spot the place all of it went down and that she lured the victims to their deaths.

Prosecutors additionally performed a jailhouse telephone name Escobar had with Amador the day after the murders in what look like slightly-coded references to the failed five-part murder.

The transcript notes, in related half:

Amador: Why do you say that you just’re not so good.

Escobar: As a result of the individual that missed the practice spilled the beans, and I, effectively…

Amador: What? Uh-huh. What occurred?

Escobar: The person who missed the practice spilled the beans.

Amador: So…the one which missed the practice, and the others didn’t. I already know that.

Escobar: Proper, however he spilled the beans with the cops.

5 years to the day of the ugly incident, Escobar was convicted.

“With at this time’s verdict, Escobar has been held liable for the essential position that she willingly performed in orchestrating probably the most vicious and mindless mass murders within the district in reminiscence,” U.S. Lawyer Breon Peace stated in a press launch. “The defendant confirmed utter disregard for human life by main the victims right into a killing area, to their slaughter, to reinforce her stature together with her fellow cold-blooded murderers inside the MS-13 gang. It’s my hope that Escobar’s conviction will convey some measure of closure to the family of the victims and function a warning to different gang members that this Workplace, along with our regulation enforcement companions, won’t relaxation till everybody liable for these murders is held accountable and the MS-13 not poses a hazard to our district.”

Escobar’s indictment might be learn in full beneath:

[image via U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York]

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