Mineola, NY - July 15, 2015 - Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Hempstead man was sentenced to prison today for the March 2013 stabbing death of 28-year-old Darwin Hernandez, also of Hempstead.
Acting Nassau Supreme Court Justice Helene Gugerty sentenced Luis Moreno, 38, to the maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison today. Moreno was found guilty by a Nassau jury last month of Murder in the 2nd Degree (an A felony) and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree (an A misdemeanor).
“This defendant showed no mercy upon his victim when he stabbed him to death in broad daylight as he tried to defend himself and flee,” Acting DA Singas said. “Thanks to the persistence and hard work of Hempstead Police and our prosecutors, this defendant will be off our streets for a very long time to come.”
Acting DA Singas said that at approximately at 4:20 p.m. on March 2, 2013, Moreno stabbed Hernandez multiple times in the chest, hand, abdomen, groin, and head behind a laundromat on Clinton Street in Hempstead. Hernandez died from blood loss caused by a puncture wound to his heart. His body was later found nearby on Lincoln Boulevard.
Moreno was taken into custody by Hempstead Police at 12:50 p.m. on March 24, 2013, a few doors down from the location on Clinton Street where Hernandez’s body was found. The knife used in the crime was never recovered.
Assistant District Attorney Ania Pulaski of Acting DA Singas’ Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting the case. Moreno is represented by Jeffrey Groder, Esq.