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2 men kill schoolteacher for cell phone

By Mason White 11:05 AM November 21, 2014
David Rangel 

By: Tanya Malhotra
Two men were arrested after they killed a schoolteacher and stole his cell phone, prosecutors in New York said.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said that a 22-year-old Bronx man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the strangulation death of the Queens teacher.

His accomplice, a 21-year-old man also from the Bronx, has pleaded guilty to robbing the victim of his cell phone
and other items.

“In pleading guilty, the two defendants admitted to their roles in this crime. One defendant strangled the teacher to death and the other robbed him. They both now face lengthy prison sentences for their actions,” Brown said.

Cecil Golden, 22, of Fulton Avenue in the Bronx and Elijah Agyepong, 21, of Franklin Avenue, also in the Bronx, pleaded guilty in court this week.

Golden pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter before Supreme Court Justice Joseph Zayas, who indicated he will sentence Golden to 20 years in prison and 5 years of post release supervision.

Defendant Agyepong pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery on before Acting Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin-Brandt, who indicated she will sentence Agyepong to 15 years in prison.

According to the police investigation, the defendants entered the home of the victim, David Rangel, a 53-year-old middle schoolteacher who lived in Jackson Heights, Queens.

The victim’s body was shoved underneath a sofa in his apartment, and his cell phone and other electronics were taken.

The medical examiner’s office determined Rangel died as a result of compression of the neck and torso.