Crazed killer is convicted

A 40-year-old Jamaica man faces 29 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter for fatally stabbing a woman he had picked up to smoke crack cocaine - then storing her body in his bathtub for two days.
After a two-week trial, the jury also found Evon Robinson of 161-01 118th Road in Jamaica guilty of weapons possession and tampering with evidence in addition to first-degree manslaughter, on Wednesday, January 21.
Robinson had faced life imprisonment for intentional murder, but was acquitted of the most serious charge. “The jury’s verdict holds the defendant accountable for his actions,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown.
DA Brown said that Robinson met the victim, Mary Roberts, 40, of Queens, on August 2, 2005 and, according to trial testimony, took her to his home to smoke crack cocaine.
During what Brown described as a “drug-fueled dispute,” Robinson stabbed Roberts multiple times, killing her. He then placed her body in plastic bags and tied it up with cords before hiding the victim in his bathtub for two days.
The killing came to light when Robinson tried to enlist a friend to assist him in disposing of Roberts’ body. The friend refused and alerted police in the 113th Precinct, who arrested Robinson on August 4.
He was remanded to jail and has been in custody on Riker’s Island since.
Conviction for first-degree manslaughter carries a 25-year sentence. Because of the evidence tampering conviction, prosecutors asked Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak to make the four-year penalty for that felony run consecutively.
After the verdict, DA Brown said, “It is likely that he will now spend a good portion of his life behind bars for senselessly killing a woman while abusing drugs. Hopefully, the victim’s family can find some degree of solace in this conviction.”

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