S. Jamaica man sentenced to 20 years in strangulation case

By Sadef Ali Kully

JAMAICA — A South Jamaica man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for the strangulation death of his girlfriend whose body was found floating in the water near the Idlewild Park Preserve in Rosedale in March 2013, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Carlos Evelyn, 33, of 147-04 Foch Blvd. in the South Jamaica, pleaded guilty earlier this month to first-degree manslaughter before Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Schwartz, who imposed a determinate sentence of 20 years in prison.

According to court records, Evelyn admitted that on March 19, 2013, between the hours of 1:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. he got into a physical dispute with his girlfriend, Kadie Chambers, 27, in their home. Chambers grabbed his shirt, then he reached out and grabbed her around the throat with one hand and squeezed while using his other hand to punch her three times in the face, he said in his guilty plea. Evelyn claimed that he squeezed her neck for approximately ten seconds and Chambers fell to the floor unconscious, the court records showed.

According to the medical examiner, she died as a result of asphyxiation due to strangulation.

Evelyn removed her body from their house and dumped her body in the water near Huxley Avenue in Rosedale, according to the court records. He pleaded guilty to cleaning up the blood from the carpet, disposing of the clothes that he was wearing at the time of incident and putting her body into a garbage bag and into the trash, the DA said. Chambers’ body was removed from the water almost two hours later.

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