Suspected MS-13 member from Hempstead convicted of second-degree murder

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A suspected MS-13 member from Hempstead was found guilty of murder for a Queens shooting.

Jose "Smoker" Alvarenga shot another suspected gang member outside of a deli in 2017.

The jury took just three hours to convict Alvarenga, 29, of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Alvarenga is set to be sentenced later this month.

He faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

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