CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Five accused MS-13 gang members faced a judge Wednesday, on accusations that they planned to kill a rival gang member.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the suspects were handcuffed and wearing jumpsuits as they appeared in court in Suffolk County. They also have Immigration and Customs Enforcement holds against them.READ MORE: Appointments No Longer Needed At NYC's COVID Vaccination Sites; Anyone 16+ May Walk In, Mayor De Blasio Announces
They are accused of trying to kidnap and kill a Brentwood teenager.
Some of the defendants made written admissions to the crime, but all pleaded not guilty. A prosecutor said inside the van the five were in, investigators found a knife, a bat, duct tape, and a tarp.READ MORE: Ghislaine Maxwell Due In Manhattan Federal Court On New Sex Trafficking Charges Allegedly Involving 14-Year-Old
But the attorney for the lone female defendant – Liliana Villanueva, 17 – said her client thought the five were going to look for jobs, not to try to kill someone.
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Most of the defendants were held on $1 million bond.