A Long Island New York member of the notorious MS-13 Gang pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Wednesday in a Suffolk County Court for the August 2016 murder of Estiven Abrego.
The investigation by Suffolk County Police Department Homicide Squad Detectives and the admissions of Anthony Gutierrez Meza (25), revealed that, on August 19, 2016, Gutierrez Meza and two associates lured Abrego Gómez to Greenlawn Park, where they smoked marijuana before killing him.
Elmer Gilberto Santos Contreras was a higher ranking MS-13 gang member who granted Gutierrez Meza’s request to kill the victim. Santos Contreras did not take part in the attack, according to the DA.
In the early hours of the morning on August 20, 2016, Abrego wentmez, Gutierrez Meza, and another conspirator entered Greenlawn Park. Moments later, Lopez Campos, and others, entered the park, and began walking toward the victim.
Abrego wentmez tried to run but was punched in the face by one of his co-conspirators. He fell to the ground just as Gutierrez Meza, the other conspirators and Gutierrez Meza took turns beating him with a baseball bat, stabbing him and slicing with knives, and finally chopping him up with a machete, until he died.
Abrego Gomez was almost amputation of his hands, according to the DA.
A man who was walking his dog at Greenlawn Park later that morning found the body of the victim and called the authorities.
According to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office, Abrego’s death was caused by blunt force trauma and sharp force injuries.
After an investigation, Gutierrez Meza and Santos Contreras, along with Lopez Campos, were arrested and accused of the murder Abrego Gómez.
Santos Contreras and Lopez Campos both pleaded to the second-degree murder charge on December 11, 2019.
Gutierrez Meza pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree on Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear back before a court for sentencing on July 11, 2023.
The maximum sentence is 22 years, followed by 5 years of supervision after release.
Tierney stated, “This was an utterly brutal and senseless execution of a man who still had a lifetime ahead of him.” This guilty plea will not bring Estiven Gomez back but it keeps the defendant behind bars and away from the public.