MS-13 gang member gets 32 years to life for Uniondale murders

UNIONDALE -An MS-13 gang member who admitted to murdering two rival gang members in Uniondale was sentenced to 32 years to life Tuesday.

Edar Ventura shot and killed 16-year-old Alexon Moya while targeting a rival gang member in December 2016.

Eight months later, he used a machete to kill another rival gang member, Carlos Rivas-Majano, in a wooded area near Kellenberg High School.

Gang Member Sentenced for RICO Conspiracy and Attempted Murders

NORFOLK, Va. – A Portsmouth man was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for RICO conspiracy and multiple attempted murders on behalf of the Nine Trey Gangsters, a violent Bloods street gang.

According to court documents, Malek Lassiter, aka Leeko, 23, joined other gang members on a mission, ordered by co-defendant Antonio Simmons, to kill high-ranking members of a rival “line” of the Nine Trey Gangsters. When Lassiter and the other men were unable to locate the first two individuals they intended to kill, they went to a house in Portsmouth looking for another gang member they planned to shoot. After being told the man they sought was not at home by the woman who opened the door, one of Lassiter’s co-conspirators shot her six times. The woman’s life was saved by the quick response of local EMTs and officers of the Portsmouth Police Department. Meanwhile, Lassiter and the other gang members who fled the shooting fired their guns again when they saw witnesses in the neighborhood looking out of their windows and doors to see what was happening.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.