2 Men Sentenced For Fatal Peekskill Stabbing

Published on January 19, 2014, 1:32 pm
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Two men were sentenced to prison Thursday after being convicted in the fatal attack of a 23-year-old man in Peekskill in November 2012.

Both men, Sunil Williams, 30, of the Bronx and Maurice Walker, 34, of Mount Vernon, were originally charged with murder but had the charges reduced after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors in October.

On Thursday, in Westchester County Court in White Plains, they were each sentenced to prison. Walker, who pleaded guilty to assault and other charges, was given two years in state prison, while Williams, who pleaded guilty to the most serious charge, manslaughter, was given 12 years behind bars.

The men attacked and ultimately killed Alexander Rochester on Nov. 23, 2012, outside Walker’s South Street barbershop, after Rochester, who lived nearby, went to the shop to confront Walker following a dispute over a woman, police said at the time.

Rochester walked by the shop about 10:25 a.m., and after an argument ensued, Walker is heard on a video recording saying, “I will kill you … come inside,” according to court papers. Five minutes later, Walker returned, showing his waistband and open hands, indicating that he had no weapons.

“That man wants somebody to stab him up,” Williams is heard saying, according to court papers.

Williams then stabbed Rochester several times in the chest after a confrontation, walking away with a large knife and blood stains on the ground. Rochester was pronounced dead later that day.

Both Williams and Walker fled but were taken into custody later that day and charged with murder. Both men have been held at the Westchester County jail since the incident.


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