The Bronx man convicted of killing and dismembering Lisa Marie Velasquez in 2018 was sentenced to 27 years to life in jail on Friday.
Daquan Wheeler, 34, killed the 25-year-old Melrose lady when she got here to the help of her buddy Ciara Martinez, who had been preventing with Wheeler on the Foxhurst house they shared, officers stated.
A jury discovered Wheeler flew right into a rage after studying Velasquez referred to as 911 to report the home dispute, beating her with a hammer a minimum of 14 occasions earlier than enlisting Martinez to assist him dismember her and conceal physique components throughout the Bronx.
“It was a horrifying collection of acts in opposition to a lady who had come to the help of her buddy, who lived with the defendant,” Bronx District Lawyer Darcel Clark wrote in a press launch.
“He mercilessly struck the sufferer with a hammer, then strangled her with a twine. The sufferer’s stays have been positioned in trash luggage and the defendant and the buddy Ms. Velasquez was making an attempt to assist dumped the luggage in two Bronx parks.”
Martinez testified in opposition to Wheeler in alternate for diminished fees and will probably be sentenced to time served on a conspiracy cost subsequent week, prosecutors stated.
The violent finish to Velasquez’s younger life got here greater than a decade after she had witnessed the brutal homicide of her mom and unborn sister.
Marilyn Ginel, was almost 9 months pregnant when she was murdered by ex-boyfriend Robert Coakley in 2006 whereas a 12-year-old Velasquez and her two siblings watched in horror.