By Bill Parry
ELMHURST – An Elmhurst man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of his wife in Dec. 2014, after which he wrote a suicide note in her name before going to work at a Whitestone restaurant, where he was caught on camera washing blood from his shoes. Luis Paguay, 43, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder this past June and appeared before Acting Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin-Brandt Monday for sentencing.
“Although the defendant ultimately took responsibility for his violent crime by pleading guilty to manslaughter, he first tried to make it appear that his wife took her own life by writing a suicide note in her name and letting her 19-year-old son discover his mother’s bloody remains upon returning home from school,” Queens DA Richard Brown said.
Paguay admitted that he stabbed his wife, Maria Paguay, 39, multiple times in the neck and chest inside their basement apartment, a large kitchen knife was discovered near the body, according to the DA.