By: Tanya Clark WorldWideWeirdNews.com
A drug dealer was beaten to death after allegedly attacking one of his customers, according court documents in New York.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced that a 31-year-old man was sentenced to 18 years in state prison for repeatedly striking a 26-year-old man with a television set and a crutch inside the victim’s Brownsville apartment, causing his death.
“This defendant, who attacked the victim in his own home and left him to die, deserves to spend many years in prison for taking a young man’s life,” Gonzalez said.
Delvin Garcia was sentenced by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog to 18 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision, following his guilty plea to first-degree manslaughter.
According to the evidence, one afternoon Anthony Freeman, 26, was found by his girlfriend lying dead inside their apartment on Saint Marks Avenue in Brownsville.
He was bludgeoned with a 13-inch box TV set and one of his own crutches, which he was using at the time. Both blood-splattered items were found near the victim’s body.
The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. A fingerprint on the blood-stained television matched the defendant.
The victim’s girlfriend identified the defendant as a person she saw riding a bike outside just before she left the apartment about two hours prior to discovering the body.
The defendant subsequently admitted to fighting with the defendant, hitting him with a crutch and leaving him unconscious.
However, Garcia’s attorney said that his client was acting in self defense. Garcia came to the house to purchase drugs, but at some point, he was jumped by several men including Freeman.
In order to defend himself, he grabbed the TV and crutches, and the items to beat Freeman. He then fled for the scene.