Police say MS-13 member charged in 2 Long Island killings
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say an MS-13 gang member has been charged with murder in the deaths of two men whose bodies were found in a heavily wooded area of Long Island.
Newsday reports that 19-year-old Raul Ponce was arraigned on murder charges Thursday in the deaths of Bryan Steven Cho Lemus and Julio Espantzay-Gonzalez.
Ponce’s attorney, David Haber, entered a not-guilty plea on Ponce’s behalf. Haber said he had no further comment Friday.
Lemus’ remains were found in the Massapequa Preserve last month. The body was found near where Espantzay-Gonzalez’s remains were found in March 2017.
Police say the killings of Lemus and Espantzay-Gonzalez were among a dozen MS-13 homicides committed in Nassau County in 2016 and 2017. Some 25 alleged gang members have been arrested in the murders.