Remorseless Convicted Killers Make Gang Sign In Court
After being convicted of the brutal killing of a Bronx teenager, two of the five men responsible for the crime showed no remorse during sentencing. Images show them smiling and throwing up the Trinitarios gang sign.
The violent New York-based street gang is composed of Dominican Americans and two of them - Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, 25, and Jose Muniz, 23, were seen smirking before being given their jail terms.
The gesture the men made is the 'seven points' sign of the gang, as confirmed by a police source to the New York Post.
As reported by the news outlet, a police source reportedly said: "I can't believe these guys are that brazen. They will have a lot of time to practice their signs in jail."
Former NYPD sergeant Lou Savera who has extensive experience with gangs, even creating the department's unit, said that it was a national symbol for the Trinitarios, which expanded from Washington Heights, as far west as Iowa.
He said: "Throwing it up was basically shoving it up the a** of the system that the Trinitarios will be who they are forever and you can put us in prison and we don't respect your system. They were arrogant from the very beginning.
"That's what they were doing the whole trial, showing they're not afraid of the system and it's more important for them to be gang members than someone's life."
Estrella, who prosecutors said delivered the fatal stab to the neck of 15-year-old Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz, was sentenced life in prison with no possibility of parole, while Muniz received 25 years.
Estrella told the court that his intention 'was not to cause the death of this kid,' while Muniz claimed, "I was there, but I did not kill him."
He continued: "That is why I used the other side of the machete to cause no injury."
Video footage released at the time showed the teenager seeking refuge in a New York bodega (grocery store), where the shop's owner can be seen trying to help the desperate teen.
Guzman-Feliz - an aspiring NYPD cop - was brutally murdered by the gang in an apparent case of mistaken identity, having been dragged out of the bodega before being hacked to death with the machete.
The men were reported to have killed the young boy in 'a case of mistaken identity over a sex tape'.
Featured Image Credit: Richard Harbus