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Karina Vetrano, 30, of Howard Beach.

The Brooklyn man accused of murdering Howard Beach‘s Karina Vetrano faces charges including murder and sexual abuse, prosecutors announced today.

Chanel Lewis, 20, is accused of strangling Vetrano, 30, as she jogged alone on a park trail near her home last August. The indictment charges Lewis with four counts of first-degree murder, five counts of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual abuse and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

If convicted, Lewis faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He will be arraigned at a later date in Queens Supreme Court.

Vetrano was last seen on Aug. 2 when she left for a run in a marshy area Gateway National Recreation Area. Her body was discovered by her father and police later that day, approximately 15 feet from a trail near 161st Avenue and 78th Street, according to the charges.

After a six-month investigation employing over 250 leads from the public, 1,700 investigative reports and DNA testing, authorities announced that they had Lewis in custody at a press conference at the 106th Precinct on Feb. 5. The Queens District Attorney’s office announced the following day that Lewis was being held without bail on murder charges.

The investigation was conducted by the Queens South Homicide Squad, the 106th Precinct Detective Squad, the Crime Scene Unit and the Forensic Investigation Division under the supervision of Chief of Detectives Robert K. Boyce.

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