MS-13 leader responsible for eight murders, including two teenage girls, avoids death penalty

An MS-13 gang leader in New York pleaded guilty to racketeering in a case involving the murders of eight people, including the brutal 2016 murders of two high school girls.

Alexi Saenz, 29, admitted in his plea deal that he was responsible for ordering the murders of eight people. New York prosecutors had previously decided against pursuing the death penalty for Saenz. Instead, Saenz will spend up to 70 years in prison.

FILE – In this Thursday, March 2, 2017, photo, accused MS-13 gang member Alexi Saenz is escorted by FBI agents in Central Islip, New York, after being taken into custody. (James Carbone/Newsday via AP, File)

Also Known as “Blasty” and “Big Homie,” Saenz was in charge of the MS-13 clique that operated in Brentwood and Central Islip in Long Island. The gang gained national attention, including from former President Donald Trump, after
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