An MS-13 gang leader on Long Island may spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting to his role in murders and conspiracy, the Nassau County District Attorney announced.
Wyandanch resident David Sosa-Guevara - also known as “Risky” - pleaded guilty this week to second-degree murder and second-degree conspiracy, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. He is expected to be sentenced to a term of 24 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 24 next year.
Singas said that Sosa-Guevara, 28, was the head of the Hollywood Clique of MS-13 on Long Island and directed its members to collaborate with the Sailors Clique, another sect of MS-13. As the head of the Hollywood Clique, Sosa-Guevara ordered the murder of 15-year old Angel Soler. Acting with members of the clique, he ordered his fellow gang members to kill Soler while he himself was not present at the murder.
Soler was murdered on July 21, 2017.
According to Singas, Soler’s “body was mutilated – bearing injuries consistent with the use of a machete – and he suffered blunt force trauma to the head.” Soler was buried until his remains were discovered under cement on Oct. 19, 2017, in a remote wooded area in Roosevelt, just south of the Southern State Parkway.
In his plea, Sosa-Guevara also admitted to planning the murder of an alleged MS-13 member who was believed to have been disloyal to the gang and ordered the movement of weapons to Maryland for the purposes of that murder.
In court, Sosa-Guevara said that MS-13’s Hollywood and Sailor cliques conducted criminal activities that included murder, assault, drug trafficking, money transfers, member movements, member punishment and rival gang retribution. Sosa-Guevara admitted he reported to gang leadership in El Salvador and the United States, and the Hollywood clique’s profits were shared with gang leaders in El Salvador.
“David Sosa-Guevara was the leader of a murderous MS-13 clique on Long Island and personally ordered the killing of Angel Soler, a 15-year old child with his entire life ahead of him,” Singas said. “This defendant sanctioned numerous acts of violence and reported back to MS-13 leadership in El Salvador. With this plea, we’ve ensured that one of the most dangerous defendants we’ve seen in Nassau County will be held accountable for his reprehensible behavior.”
Sosa-Guevara was arrested by member of the Nassau County Police Department’s Homicide Squad in Maryland on Nov. 9, 2017, and he has been in custody since.
“This plea is indicative that DEA and its law enforcement partners will not stop the pursuit of justice," Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division Special Agent in Charge Raymond Donovan said. "Sosa-Guevara’s admission of guilt reveals his true understanding of the overwhelming weight of evidence against him and his role as leader of MS-13’s Hollywood Clique."
Nassau County Police Department Commissioner Patrick Ryder added, “yesterday, defendant David Sosa Guevara pled guilty to ordering the murder of Angel Soler and planning the murder of another person. As victims were discovered, Law Enforcement continued their in-depth sweeping investigations to bring this defendant and others to justice for these brutal murders."
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