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MS-13 Gang Member Charged in 2017 Long Island Machete Murder

Police say the gang believed the victim was a threat and lured him into the woods where he was hacked and stabbed to death

What to Know

  • An alleged MS-13 gang member has been arrested in connection with a 2017 machete murder of a man whose body was found in a wooded area
  • Police say the gang believed the victim was a threat and lured him into the woods where he was hacked and stabbed to death
  • A co-defendant was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder and other charges

An alleged MS-13 gang member has been arrested in connection with the 2017 machete murder of Carlos Rivas-Majano, whose body was found in a wooded area in East Meadow last summer.

The Nassau County district attorney's office says 21-year-old Luis Alejandro Varela pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder. He's due back in court July 22 and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

Police say the gang believed the victim was a threat and lured him into the woods where he was hacked and stabbed to death.

A co-defendant was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder and other charges.

The MS-13 gang has been blamed for dozens of killings since January 2016 across a wide swath of Long Island.

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