A Brentwood man was convicted Tuesday of helping two fellow MS-13 street gang members kill a fourth member during an internal conflict four years ago.

A Suffolk County jury found Juan “Titanic” Gomez guilty of second-degree murder and conspiracy. The 19-year-old man is expected to be sentenced next month.

Authorities have said Gomez, Wilmer “Chewey” Zuniga and Onan Chica fatally shot 21-year-old Leodan Bonilla of Central Islip in December 2010 and left his body on the side of the Southern State Parkway in North Bay Shore.

Zuniga were previously convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Chica pleaded guilty in December to manslaughter. Gomez’ attorney reportedly plans to appeal the conviction.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.