A 59-year-old Manhattan man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatally stabbing a man he felt was making inappropriate contact with his girlfriend in 2011, Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Monday, January 9.
According to trial testimony, Ramon Escobar was at the corner of South Ninth Street and Roebling Street in Williamsburg in April of 2011 when he got into an argument with 46-year-old David Fernandez regarding his girlfriend. Escobar was heard saying “I am going to kill him” before being escorted from the scene.
The 59-year-old returned later that evening and purchased eight-inch kitchen knives from a local store, which evidence showed were used to stab Fernandez in the left thigh – an injury that caused a six-inch wound. According to the DA’s office, the knife pierced Fernandez’s bone and severed major blood vessels, including the femoral artery and vein, causing fatal bleeding.
“The victim was a loving father, just one week from walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding,” said Gonzalez. “He had the great misfortune to encounter this defendant, who stabbed him to death after a meaningless argument. The defendant’s taking of human life over something so trivial is unconscionable, and we are all well served by the lengthy sentence imposed today.”