Marlon Guevara was only 17-years-old when he gruesomely murdered Dewann Stacks by hacking the man to death with a machete while a fellow gang member used a bat. The pair beat the Long Island man within inches of his life before leaving him for dead.
A woman was walking with her son later that night when they came across the dying Stacks who was beaten so severely, he was unrecognizable, the Daily News reports. Now, three years later, Marlon Guevara has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of 34-year-old Dewann Stacks.
Guevara is a member of MS-13, particularly the clique knowns as “Mosquito” or Sailors Locos Salvatruchas Westside. When Guevara and another gang member saw Stacks, they erroneously believed him to be a member of a rival gang prompting the assault.
The heinous murder of Dewann Stacks came only weeks after the murders of Brentwood teens Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas. The Long Island girls were also brutally slain by MS-13 gang members in the fall of 2016 triggering a focused effort by law enforcement to combat the gang violence erupting in Long Island.
The grisly severity of the murder of Dewann Stacks is not uncommon among MS-13 members. According to PIX 11, Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, 16 and 15-years-old respectively, were not only beaten to death ,but may have been struck by a vehicle.
Seventeen Brentwood residents were murdered by MS-13 in 2016.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini commented to the New York Times:
“When the gang feels slighted, they will use violence to address it. When they feel that someone is not following gang rules, they will use violence to address it. Frankly, when they don’t like someone, they will come up with a reason to use violence against them.”
The greater Brentwood community has experienced significantly more MS-13 related violence than surrounding areas. According to The Mercury News, the United States government placed more than 165,000 unaccompanied minors who immigrated to the United States since 2013.
Suffolk County, New York took in 4,500 which Nassau country received 3,800, Mercury News reports. The Mara Salvatrucha gang, MS-13, is known to prey among these minors converting them to their ranks.
In June of 2018, the United States Attorney’s Office announced that two dozen MS-13 members were indicted on racketeering charges, including the murderers of Dewann Stacks.
“The charges in this indictment further demonstrate the utter brutality of the MS-13 and the havoc the gang inflicts on our communities,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “This Office and our law enforcement partners will continue to combat the MS-13’s violence with relentless perseverance until the gang is dismantled and its members are brought to justice.”
For law enforcement on the streets in Long Island, the battle against MS-13 is deeply personal. Commissioner Sini affirmed the commitment of local law enforcement saying:
“The day Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas were heinously murdered, the Suffolk County Police Department made a commitment to their families and to the residents of Brentwood that justice would be served. Today, in collaboration with the FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office, we have delivered on that promise. We have also promised to eradicate MS-13 from our streets and we remain fully committed to finishing the job.”
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Stabbing and dismembering are some of the favorite choices of MS-13 gang members for executing their enemies.
In September, seven people were charged with stabbing a 21-year-old man to death in Maryland. Six of them are illegals who had been living in the united states.
The man killed was Daniel Alejandro Alvarado Cuellar, who was found stabbed to death, with his body left near an apartment complex in Baltimore County, Maryland in July.
The seven individuals charged with murder include:
- 20-year-old Jonathan Escobar-Hernandez
- 20-year-old Marlon Leonardo Fabian-Flores
- 18-year-old Edwin Edgardo Garcia-Martir
- 31-year-old Hugo Portillo-Chavez
- 19-year-old Jose Fausto Rivera-Coreas
- 20-year-old Odaliz Rosas-Yanez
- 16-year-old Leonel Alexander Velasquez-Hernadez
According to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, Fabian-Flores, Garcia-Martir, Portillo-Chavez, Rivera-Coreas, Rosas-Yanez, and Velasquez-Hernadez are all illegal aliens who have been living in the U.S – five from El Salvador and one from Mexico.
According to ICE officials, they’ve issued detainers on each of these six illegal aliens. That means they’ve requested that if any are released from prison, they be turned over to federal immigration officials for arrest and deportation.
Apparently Esc0bar-Hernandez was the only individual not with an ICE detainer. According to Horowitz, he “may or may not have gotten some sort of legal status”.
If convicted, they’re all facing life in prison.