By Gina Martinez
An Ozone Park man who stabbed and killed his wife in the middle of the street has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for her murder, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Prem Rampersaud, 51, who lived in Guyana but was temporarily staying with a friend on 116th Drive in Jamaica, pleaded guilty in July to first-degree manslaughter before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Gia Morris, who sentenced him on Tuesday, Brown said.
“This was a very violent and vicious crime that should not have happened,” the DA said. “The defendant ended the life of the woman he purportedly loved by repeatedly stabbing her following a heated verbal dispute. The sentence imposed by the court is more than merited.”
According to the charges, Rampersaud confronted his wife, Rajwantie Baldeo, 46, after she left work at an Ozone Park restaurant after midnight on Dec. 5, 2016. The couple got into an argument and Rampersaud pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed Baldeo throughout her body, Brown said. She was taken to Jamaica Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
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