A Queens man is facing 20 years in prison for stabbing his brother’s roommate to death in 2010 on the same day he was released from prison on an unrelated charge.
Adam Rodriguez, 44, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on Monday in the death of 27-year-old William Edmonds of Long Island City.
“The defendant admitted that he stabbed the victim in his own home,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement issued by his office.
“By pleading guilty, justice is served and the defendant will be severely punished for his actions,” Brown added.
Rodriguez admitted that he went to his brother’s apartment on 37th Avenue in Long Island City on March 18, 2010.
He had just been released from custody at the prison on Rikers Island earlier that afternoon, and was looking for a place to stay. He encountered Edmonds, who was the only one home at the time.
Evidence indicated that Edmonds called Rodriguez’s brother to see if it was okay for him to stay there, but the brother refused.
An argument subsequently broke out over money that Rodriguez claimed his brother owed him.
In lieu of the money, Rodriguez attempted to take his brother’s leather coat. He stabbed Edmonds in the chest as the latter tried to stop him from taking the coat, and then fled from the scene.
Edmonds still was able to call 911 and identify Rodriguez to police officers who arrived.
Edmonds was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a wound to his heart.
The district attorney said Edmonds survived on a ventilator in a coma for approximately four months before dying from his wounds.
Rodriguez pleaded guilty before Queens Superior Court Justice Gregory Lasak, who the indicated he would impose a term of 20 years in prison when he passes sentence on Dec. 10.