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Posted on: January 25, 2018

Mineola Man Sentenced to 20 Years to Life in Prison for 2016 Hempstead Murder

Marvin Yanez

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Mineola man was sentenced today to 20 years to life in prison for the 2016 murder of a man inside Brierley Park in Hempstead.

Marvin Yanez, 43, was convicted by a jury on September 27, 2017 of Murder in the 2nd Degree (an A-1 felony), Assault in the 2nd Degree (a D felony) and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree (an A misdemeanor). The trial, before Judge Helene Gugerty, lasted two weeks and the jury deliberated for five hours.

“Just hours after attacking Luis Estrada with a hammer, Marvin Yanez returned to brutally beat and kill the victim in a Hempstead park,” DA Singas said. “Thanks to good detective work and our prosecutors this case was solved and the family of Mr. Estrada now has some justice.”

DA Singas said on October 18, 2016, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the defendant and victim, Luis Estrada, 31, were fighting near the Laundry Palace on Clinton Avenue in Hempstead. During the fight the defendant grabbed a hammer from his white Ford pickup truck and attacked Mr. Estrada in the arm. During that fight the defendant told the victim “this war isn’t over, you started this war and I’m going to finish it.”

At approximately 11:00 p.m. the defendant went to Brierly Park in Hempstead where the victim was sleeping and beat Estrada in the head with an unknown object. Shortly thereafter, a friend of the victim went looking for him inside the park. At approximately 11:45 p.m. the friend found him bleeding from blunt force trauma injuries to his head. The victim later died because of his injuries.

Following an investigation, the defendant was arrested on November 9, 2016.

Assistant District Attorney Ania Pulaski of DA Singas’ Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting the case. The defendant is represented by Jacob Weinstein, Esq.

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