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15 years in Forest Park killing

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Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2016 4:20 pm

A homeless man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the bludgeoning death of  a Flushing man in Forest Park in 2015.

Zoltan Forai, 45, also known as Steven Forai, also received five years of post-release supervision when sentenced on Thursday by Acting Supreme Court Justice Ernest Hart.

Forai pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on June 30 in the death of Diego Piedrahita, 23, who was found dead in Forest Park on June 10,  2015.

“The defendant has admitted to having kicked and used a rock to brutally beat to death a 23-year-old acquaintance in Forest Park,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement issued by his office.

“By his actions, the defendant showed a total disregard for human life and the sentence meted out by the Court is justified to keep the public safe and to punish him for this senseless crime,” Brown added.

Brown said that, according to the charges, Forai was spotted by police on June 19, 2015, at Woodhaven Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue in the Glendale section of Queens near Forest Park. The defendant was observed drinking a can of beer and was arrested for drinking in public.

Forai, who had shaved his beard in order not to look like the bearded suspect wanted for questioning in the death of Piedrahita, was re-arrested hours later in connection with the Forest Park homicide.

According to the criminal charges, Forai and the victim were known to each other. Between June 8 and June 9, 2015, Forai kicked Piedrahita in his head and body and then used a rock to strike him multiple times in his face and head. The victim, who had numerous skull fractures, died at the scene.

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