A high-ranking member of the MS-13 street gang on Long Island may spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced for his role in the 2017 murder of a 15-year-old.
Victor Lopez, also known as "Persa" 31, was sentenced to a term of 23 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy for his role in the murder of 15-year-old Angel Soler in July 2017 in Roosevelt.
Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said that Lopez, of Roosevelt, was a high-ranking lieutenant in MS-13’s Hollywood Clique and a close associate of David Sosa-Guevara, also known as "Risky."
Sosa-Guevara was the head of the clique on Long Island who pleaded guilty last year to his role in Soler’s murder on July 21, 2017.
His associate, David Sosa-Guevara, also known as Risky, 28, of Wyandanch, was sentenced to 24 years to life in prison on Friday, Feb. 7 for his role in the crime.
Lopez oversaw the activities of the members of the Hollywood Clique in Nassau and Suffolk counties and was in charge of enforcement within the gang subgroup.
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.
Nassau County Police investigators arrested Lopez on Jan. 11, 2018.
“This defendant lured 15-year-old Angel Soler into the woods where he was savagely murdered by MS-13 gang members,” Singas said. "Thanks to the collaborative efforts of law enforcement we have decimated MS-13’s leadership on Long Island, and broken their grip of terror on our communities, and we will continue this work until this brutal gang is eliminated.”
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.
“A 15-year-old boy was brutally murdered because this gang perceived this child as an “enemy,” Singas said. “Today’s life sentence of this gang lieutenant and last week’s life sentence of the MS-13 clique’s leader has dealt a significant blow to this criminal organization.
"We will continue to fight against any resurgence of MS-13 with all our dedicated law enforcement partners until they are eradicated from Nassau County."
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