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Killer gets 24 years for murdering his ex

Segundo Penafiel admits stabbing Ebony Garcia in jealous rage

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Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 8:11 am, Mon Feb 27, 2012.

The killer responsible for the death of his ex-girlfriend more than three years ago, who pleaded guilty earlier this month, was sentenced last week to a determinate sentence of 24 years in prison.

Segundo Penafiel, 28, of Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing, a Salvadoran national, admitted to fatally stabbing Ebony Garcia, 22, inside her College Point apartment in August 2008.

His plea deal allowed him to admit to a lesser charge of first-degree manslaughter. Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter imposed the sentence.

Police reports indicate that Garcia had taken out a restraining order against Penafiel after he hit her with a clothes iron. Police say the night of the murder, Penafiel saw Garcia in a bar and became jealous, followed her home and stabbed her several times in the head, neck and arms.

Garcia, the mother of a two-year-old daughter, was taken to New York Hospital Queens in Flushing, where she was pronounced dead on arrival at 3:52 a.m. The daughter is now living with her father in Brazil.

Penafiel fled the murder scene and was found the following week in Brownsville, Tex., trying to flee the country.

Prior to the sentencing, Garcia’s mother, Julie Perez, read a statement addressing Penafiel: “You are not a man, you are a coward.”

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