- Associated Press - Thursday, January 24, 2019

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say an MS-13 gang member has been sentenced on Long Island to 27 years in prison for the 2015 slaying of a teenager he suspected was a rival gang member.

William Castellanos was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty last year to firearms-related murder charges in connection with the death of 16-year-old Jonathan Cardona-Hernandez.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Castellanos and his co-conspirators drove the victim to an area in Central Islip where they took turns shooting him with a semi-automatic handgun.

Cardona-Hernandez was struck by at least 10 bullets and was found dead on the street.

MS-13 has been blamed for a spate of killings on Long Island since 2010.



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