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: New York State Legislature Votes To Curb Gov. Cuomo's Emergency Powers
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: Brooklyn Mom Wants NYC Apartments Inspected Annually After Parts Of Ceiling Crash Down On 12-Year-Old Son
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.