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MS-13 leader gets 24 to life in murder of Roosevelt teen who once attended Freeport High

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The leader of MS-13's Hollywood Clique gang was sentenced Friday to 24 years to life in prison for murder and conspiracy in connection with the death of Angel Soler, a Roosevelt teen who was once a student at Freeport High School, according to Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.

David Sosa-Guevara, also known as "Risky," 28, of Wyandanch, pleaded guilty on Dec. 9 before Judge Patricia Harrington to second-degree murder and second-degree conspiracy.

"With today's sentence, one of Nassau County's most dangerous defendants will be off our streets for many years to come," Singas said. "The brutality and senselessness underscore the ruthlessness of MS-13 and our commitment to continuing our assault on them. I thank our partners at the Drug Enforcement Administration, Nassau County Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations New York for their assistance in bringing this defendant to justice."

Singas said Sosa-Guevara was head of Long Island's Hollywood Clique and directed its members to conspire with the Sailors Clique, another violent sect of MS-13 also based on the Island. As the head of the Hollywood Clique, Sosa-Guevara ordered the murder of 15-year-old Soler.

Acting with clique members, he had his fellow gang members kill Soler while he himself was not present at the murder. Soler was killed on July 21, 2017. The victim's body was mutilated with machetes, and he suffered blunt force trauma to the head.

Soler was left buried until his remains were discovered under cement on Oct. 19, 2017, in a remote wooded area in Roosevelt, just south of the Southern State Parkway. Additionally, Sosa-Guevara, acting with others, planned the murder of an alleged MS-13 member who was believed to have been disloyal to the gang and ordered the movement of weapons to Maryland to carry out that murder.

According to Sosa-Guevara's allocution in court, MS-13's Hollywood and Sailor cliques conducted murder, assault, drug trafficking, money transfers, member movements, member punishment and rival gang retribution.

Sosa-Guevara admitted that he reported to gang leadership in El Salvador and the United States, and the Hollywood Clique's profits were shared with gang leaders in El Salvador.

The defendant was arrested by members of the Nassau County Police Department's Homicide Squad in Annapolis, Md., on Nov. 9, 2017.

This case was prosecuted by Deputy Chief Jared Rosenblatt of Singas's Major Offense Bureau, Deputy Chief Veronica Guariglia and Senior Assistant District Attorney Charles Dunn of the Special Operations and Narcotics Bureau.