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Feds seek death penalty for MS-13 gang member accused in LI murders

ms-13 gang arrest death penalty Alexi Saenz
Posted at 3:22 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 15:32:56-04

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against an MS-13 gang member charged with seven murders on Long Island, officials said Wednesday.

A representative for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said they received authorization from U.S. Attorney General William Barr to pursue the death penalty in the case against Alexi Saenz.

Saenz is accused in a spree of killings that began in September 2016 with the deaths of Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16.

They were walking in the area when MS-13 gang members allegedly tried to kidnap Cuevas. Mickens tried to fight off the kidnappers and both of the teenage girls were killed.

Saenz is also accused in the deaths of Michael Johnson, Oscar Acosta, Javier Castillo, Dewann Stacks, and Esteban Alvarado-Bonilla.

Saenz was arrested in March 2017 and is awaiting trial. He is represented by attorney David Ruhnke, of New Jersey.