DOJ to seek death penalty for 2 LI brothers charged in 7 MS-13 gang murders

Alexi Saenz, left, and Jairo Saenz, right
Alexi Saenz, left, and Jairo Saenz, right. Photo credit U.S. Department of Justice

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The federal government plans to seek the death penalty for two alleged MS-13 gang member brothers who have been charged in connection with seven homicides, including the murders of three Long Island teens, prosecutors said Friday.

Jairo Saenz, Alexi Saenz, both of Central Islip, and 11 other alleged MS-13 gang members have been charged with murdering three Brentwood High School students, Nisa Mickens, Kayla Cuevas and Jose Pena, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said in March 2017.

The 13 defendants were also charged in connection with four other murders, prosecutors said at the time. On Friday, the attorney’s office said the U.S. Department of Justice would seek the death penalty against Jairo Saenz if he is convicted of any of the seven murders.

The department previously said it would seek the death penalty for his brother, Alexi Saenz.

Attorney information for the two men wasn’t immediately available on Friday.