New York man who killed wife and toddlers gets 45 years in prison

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 07, 2014 4:24 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man who stabbed his wife and two toddlers to death with a kitchen knife was sentenced to 45 years imprisonment on Friday, prosecutors said.

Miguel Mejia-Ramos, 29, pleaded guilty last month to three counts of first-degree manslaughter in the slayings of his wife, Deisy Garcia, 21, and daughters, Daniela Mejia, 2, and Yoselin Mejia, 1, at their Queens home in January.

“Hopefully, today’s sentence will bring some degree of closure to the family of the victims," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

Mejia-Ramos' attorney was not immediately available for comment.

Days after the killings, U.S. Marshals and state troopers captured Mejia-Ramos in Texas while he was attempting to flee to Mexico, prosecutors said. He appeared to have suffered several stab wounds at the time and was treated at a local hospital.

In statements to investigators following his arrest, Mejia-Ramos said he had been out drinking hours before the killings

When he returned home, he searched his wife’s cell phone and became enraged when he found a picture of another man, prosecutors said. Mejia-Ramos said he grabbed a knife from a butcher block and stabbed his family, they said.

Mejia-Ramos has waived his right to appeal, Brown said.

(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by James Dalgleish)