Bed-Stuy woman faces 18 years to life for 2007 Bay Ridge hotel murder

A Bed-Stuy woman has been sentenced to 18 years to life in prison for fatally stabbing a man in the face and neck at the Best Western-Gregory Hotel (8315 Fourth Avenue) in 2007.

Pamela Hanson, 29, was sentenced on Monday, November 14 after pleading guilty to the second-degree murder of 27-year-old David Diaz last month, according to Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

According to the investigation, detailed by Gonzalez in an official release, on December 2, 2007, at approximately 3:03 p.m., Hanson and Diaz, who were acquaintances, checked into a room at the Best Western-Gregory Hotel and, according to the defendant’s own statements, after engaging in consensual intercourse with the victim, she removed a knife she had previously hidden under a pillow and proceeded to repeatedly stab Diaz in the face, neck and torso.

“This defendant suddenly attacked and robbed her intimate partner, killing him,” Gonzalez said. “She has now been held responsible for taking a life.”

Hanson also confessed to taking the victim’s bank card and cellphone, the D.A.’s release stated, and the investigation revealed that she attempted to use Diaz’s bank card to purchase shoes at Yvette’s Boutique in Downtown Brooklyn, but that attempt was denied and she eventually disposed of both the cellphone and card.

According to the District Attorney’s office, Hanson was previously convicted of second-degree murder following a jury trial in 2009 and was granted a retrial in 2015 in which she subsequently pleaded guilty.

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