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MS-13 member charged in Long Island machete death

July 18, 2019

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — An alleged MS-13 gang member has been arrested in connection with the 2017 machete murder of Carlos Rivas-Majano, whose body was found in a wooded area in East Meadow last summer.

The Nassau County district attorney’s office says 21-year-old Luis Alejandro Varela pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder. He’s due back in court July 22 and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

Police say the gang believed the victim was a threat and lured him into the woods where he was hacked and stabbed to death.

A co-defendant was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder and other charges.

The MS-13 gang has been blamed for dozens of killings since January 2016 across a wide swath of Long Island.

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