• Eight men charged in death of Bronx teen are under protection at Rikers Island
• Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz, 15, was dragged from bodega and killed June 20
• Cops believe suspected gang members killed him in case of mistaken identity
• Protective measures are standard for prisoners under threat or high-profile
The eight men charged with the machete death of a Bronx teenager have been getting special treatment in jail due to threats against their lives.
The suspected Trinitarios gangbangers were removed from general population on Rikers Island after constant death threats over the June 20 slaying of Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz, 15, a source told the New York Post.
Every time one of the eight inmates is moved from his cell, the block is placed on lockdown and corrections officers surround him while a captain films the transfer, the source said.
The eight suspects, who have all pleaded not guilty, are: Jose 'Canelito' Muniz, 21, Elvin Garcia, 23, Jose Taverez, 21, Manuel Rivera, 18, Danel Fernandez, 21, Joniki Martinez, 24, Santiago Rodriguez, 24, and Kevin Alvarez, 19.
Protective measures are standard procedure in most jails for high-profile inmates or those under threat.
Prosecutors say that the shocking murder was a case of mistaken identity, when one of the gang members falsely believed Guzman to be a man he'd seen having sex with a female love interest in a Snapchat video.
The case has drawn national outrage and fury at the Dominican street gang, with one member even apologizing to the victim's family over social media.
On Saturday, two of the suspects spoke out to protest their innocence, saying they had no part in the grisly crime.
Martinez-Estrella, 24, told the New York Daily News that he was hundreds of miles away in Pennsylvania when Guzman was forcibly dragged from the bodega and hacked to death on the sidewalk.
Vengeance is an Act of Justice
Revenge is an Act of Passion
Corrections Officer Emil Sorn believed the inmates at Larsan State Prison were coddled by the system, had too many rights, and never received any real punishment for their crimes. As sergeant in charge of the evening shift, disrespect or disobedience in any form was dealt with swiftly, severely, and quietly.
The idea started in a bar after a couple of drinks, and like most ideas so conceived, it should’ve stayed there. If the accused is granted the right to face their accuser, then the victim should have the right to confront the perpetrator. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life.
There is a fine line between Justice and Revenge. Emil Sorn is about to cross it.
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