By Naeisha Rose
FLUSHING — A Flushing man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to the stabbing death of his 68-year-old ex-wife, whose body was found under a table in the apartment the couple shared in November 2014, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
According to the charges, on Nov. 8, 2014, some time between 7 p.m. and 11:45 p.m., Josefina Mendoza was stabbed more than 300 times. Brown said the victim’s face alone had more than 200 wounds. Naser Alzein, 55, called 911 to report he had found Mendoza’s dead body in the apartment, but Alzein had a cut on his hand and was seen on video surveillance pacing outside the apartment building before going back inside to call police, the charges said.
Brown said this was one of the most violent murder scenes one could imagine.
“The victim had a knife plunged into her body more than 300 times, many of the wounds to the woman’s face,” he said. “The defendant called 911 and claimed he found the victim dead in the apartment, but evidence showed he brutally killed her and then tried to cover it up. To punish him for this criminal act an to protect society, the defendant will likely spend the rest of his life incarcerated.”
— Gina Martinez