A Queens man who fatally shoved his aged landlord down a flight of stairs was sentenced to a few years in jail Wednesday — because the sufferer’s daughter informed a decide by way of tears that her household is damaged without end.
Alex Garces, 23, was caught on video by a Ring doorbell digicam pushing Edgar Moncayo, 71, so onerous down the entrance stairs of the Corona constructing that he slammed his head on the sidewalk within the Jan. 12, 2020, incident.
Garces was indicted in February 2020 and pleaded not responsible earlier than admitting to the lethal shove in Could — taking a three-year jail sentence plea deal on one depend of second-degree assault.
Earlier than Garces’ Queens Supreme Court docket sentencing Wednesday, Moncayo’s daughter, Lourdes Moncayo, emotionally recounted how her father’s demise had impacted the household.
“He broke my household down without end,” Lourdes mentioned as tears streamed down her face. “My mother’s life with out my dad? I can’t clarify.”
“What sort of a person does this? No respect for an older man, he was so irresponsible,” Lourdes continued. “That’s executed and my dad is gone without end.”
The grieving daughter additionally criticized the sentence, saying she felt it was too lenient.
“He’s going away for 3 years? Thank God it isn’t as much as me. Three years means nothing to me,” she mentioned.
Garces, in the meantime, pleaded for the household’s forgiveness.
“I do know I did irreparable harm,” Garces mentioned by way of a Spanish translator. “I do know asking for forgiveness can’t resolve the issue.”
“I’m right here to pay for all of the harm I’ve executed. I’m asking from my coronary heart that they’ll forgive me sometime,” Garces added.
Queens Supreme Court docket Justice Kenneth Holder mentioned he was shocked by the extent of regret that Garces confirmed.
“Sitting on this courtroom the final 14 years on many homicide circumstances a lot worse than this — I’ll let you know it is rather uncommon to listen to a defendant apologize and ask forgiveness from the household of the sufferer,” Holder mentioned earlier than handing down the agreed-upon sentence.
Within the disturbing video, Moncayo and Garces may be heard exchanging phrases earlier than the abrupt and forceful shove.
Garces initially informed cops the autumn was an accident that occurred as he tried to hold his mattress out of the constructing and hit the entrance door, police sources mentioned on the time.