Cecilia DowdFeb 27, 2018, 8:00 pmFeb 28, 2018, 2:55 pm

Suspected MS-13 members accused of killing Brentwood teens face judge

Mother of slain teen, Nisa Mickens, says defendants ‘should have the same fate’ as her daughter if convicted


CENTRAL ISLIP — Some of the men charged in connection with the murders of two Brentwood teens went in front of a judge Tuesday in federal court. Five alleged members of MS-13 facing murder charges had a court conference. Three of them are charged with murder in the deaths of Brentwood teens Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas. The teens were savagely attacked with baseball bats and a machete, the feds have said. On Tuesday, their family members sat just feet from the men alleged to be responsible.

Elizabeth Alvarado said the men accused of murdering her daughter, Nisa Mickens, “destroyed” her life.

“We can't see her have kids. We can't see her get married. We can't do anything. We couldn't even celebrate her sweet 16,” Alvarado said. “I mean whatever they get, they deserve.”

If convicted, the death penalty is a possibility for defendants in this case. Nisa's father Rob Mickens says he's uncertain about whether he wants the government to seek the death penalty on behalf of his family.

“Nobody deserves to die, whether it's by death penalty or a criminal act,” Rob Mickens said.

As for Alvarado, she says she wants the death penalty in this case.

“God help me, but I do because they didn't have no empathy for my daughter. They just took her — just like that. They were the judge and they were the jury. So now, there's gonna be a judge and jury and they should have the same fate,” Alvarado said.

The next conference with these defendants was set for April.

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