Eight Gang Members Accused In Machete Killing Of Teen In The Bronx Are Getting Special Treatment In Jail Because Of Constant Death Threats

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• Eight men charged in death of Bronx teen are under protection at Rikers Island • Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman...
• 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.
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