Two Ñetas Gang Members And A Gang Associate Plead Guilty In Connection With The Murders Of Two 17-Year-Old Rival Gang Members
Earlier today, two members of the Ñetas street gang, Alvaro Cabral, also known as “Boobi,” and Jason Cabral, also known as “J-Live,” pleaded guilty to the 2004 murders of Anthony Marcano and Fabian Mestres. Stephanie DiCarlo-Cabral, an associate of the gang and at the time the girlfriend of Jason Cabral, pleaded guilty to robbery and using a firearm in connection with the robbery of Marcano and Mestres. Today’s pleas took place before United States District Judge Joanna Seybert. When sentenced, the defendants face life in prison.
The pleas were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, George Venizelos, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), and William J. Bratton, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD).
“These were brutal, senseless gang murders. The defendants stuffed the victims into the trunk of a car in the dog days of August, and then drove them to their execution,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “We hope the victims’ families can take some measure of solace in knowing that the individuals who are responsible for their sons’ murders have been brought to justice.” Ms. Lynch expressed her grateful appreciation to the Suffolk County Police Department, the Tampa Division of the FBI, and United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida, for their cooperation and assistance in the investigation.
The defendants targeted one of the victims, Anthony Marcano, because of his affiliation with a rival gang, the Latin Kings. On August 10, 2004, at the direction of Jason Cabral, the leader of gang, the defendants devised a plan to rob and kill 17-year-old Marcano. As part of the plan, the defendants lured Marcano to a house in Brentwood. Marcano arrived with 17-year-old Fabian Mestres, a fellow “Pee Wee” member of the Latin Kings street gang. Once inside the house, Marcano and Mestres were restrained with duct tape, and their drugs, money, and jewelry were stolen. The victims were stuffed into the trunk of a car and driven to a warehouse in Queens where Luis Benitez , with the assistance of Alvaro Cabral, shot them with a shotgun. Mestres was shot once in the head, and Marcano was shot once in the head and once in the back of the neck. Marcano’s and Mestres’s bodies were found behind a warehouse in Queens the following day.
The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nicole Boeckmann and Christopher C. Caffarone.
Apollo Beach, Florida
1. Luis Benitez pleaded guilty to the murders of Marcano and Mestres on November 7, 2013.