Arverne man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2020 fatal stabbing of his wife: DA

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An Arverne man is facing nearly a quarter-century behind bars after he admitted he stabbed his 42-year-old wife to death in 2020.

Manuel Villar, 52, of Beach 58th Street, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree Monday before Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise for the September 2020 fatal stabbing that began with an argument inside their Arverne home, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Tuesday.

According to the charges, during the early morning of Sept. 24, 2020, Villar confronted his wife, Ivette Villar, with accusations of infidelity at around 1:30 a.m. as their three sons and a friend of one of their sons slept in another room.

As the argument escalated, Villar grabbed a knife and then repeatedly stabbed his wife in her neck and head. With his wife left bleeding on the floor, Villar drove away from their Arverne home and called 911 hours later, admitting his deeds to the emergency services operator and providing details of his location. When police arrived to arrest Villar, a knife was discovered in his vehicle.

“This is a heartbreaking case of domestic violence, with three children left without a mother,” Katz said. “As a result of his guilty plea, the defendant has admitted guilt for the fatal stabbing of his wife following an argument in their home. He is now expected to serve a lengthy prison term when he is sentenced by the court for his criminal actions.”

Justice Aloise Indicated he would sentence Villar to 24 years in prison to be followed by five years of post-release supervision on Sept. 6.