Queens man caught in blood-soaked clothes after woman’s murder pleads guilty – NBC New York

A man accused of brutally murdering a 30-year-old woman by stabbing her to death with multiple knives has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, Queens prosecutors announced Friday.

Edwin Sarmiento now faces 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Juliet Ximena Galindo Puentes, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said.

The 31-year-old Queens man had been charged with stabbing the victim on February 8, 2020, in the bedroom of a home the two shared, after a heated argument, prosecutors said.

After the exchange, they said Sarmiento took a knife and stabbed the woman multiple times. Then he allegedly went into the kitchen to grab a bigger knife and stabbed her multiple times after breaking down the door to the room she was hiding in.

Prosecutors said Sarmiento fled the apartment and was picked up by officers at a nearby gas station where he was found dressed in blood-soaked clothing. Officers also recovered a bag in Sarmiento’s possession filled with cash, phones and passports, they added.

“The defendant has now admitted to the brutal murder of a young woman. The victim was stabbed with at least two different knives and suffered multiple puncture wounds,” Katz said Friday.

Sarmiento is due to attend a sentencing hearing on March 25. The contact details of his lawyer were not immediately known.


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