Illegal Alien MS-13 Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Murdering Teen
Samuel Ponce arrived in the U.S. at the southern border from El Salvador at the age of 13
An illegal alien MS-13 gang member, who came to the United States as an Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC), has pleaded guilty to partaking in the murder of 18-year-old Bryan Steven Cho Lemus.
Samuel Ponce, who is an illegal alien from El Salvador, admitted his role in murdering Lemus in August 2016 and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder this week.
Ponce, along with other MS-13 gang members, murdered the teen, the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office announced.
At the time of Lemus’ murder, Ponce was just 15 years old.
Acting Nassau County District Attorney Joyce A. Smith said in a statement:
“Bryan Lemus was just 18-years-old when he was viciously attacked and violently murdered with machetes by the defendant and multiple MS-13 members."
Lemus was lured into the Massapequa Preserve in Nassau County by a number of MS-13 gang members, according to prosecutors.
Among them was illegal alien 23-year-old Christian Rodriguez, who has been charged with another murder.
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Lemus was hacked with machetes by Ponce and others before being place into a shallow grave where his body wasn't found until 2019.
Ponce arrived in the U.S. at the southern border from El Salvador at the age of 13 years old, Newsday reported.
He was also briefly held in federal custody before being released to a sponsor.
Ponce now faces nine years to life in prison for the murder of Lemus.
Ponce's brother, Samuel Ponce, 18, was previously indicted for the murder. He faces a potential maximum of 15 years to life in prison.
His sentencing has been set for August 25, 2021.
Other accused MS-13 gang members have also been charged with murder.
Rodriguez, Jeustin David Maldonado, Raul Ponce, and Gerson Stanley Juarez were indicted last year on murder charges in connection to the case.