KEW GARDENS — A Massachusetts man charged with stabbing a Forest Hills resident to death pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter today in Queens Supreme Court.
Alexys Fermaintt, 33, of Holyoke, Mass., has been held without bail since his June 2009 arrest for the death of Michael Pecora, who he allegedly met online.
“The guilty plea is a measure of justice for the victim’s family in that they will be spared the trauma of hearing all the gruesome details of the killing at trial while being assured that the person responsible for this brutal attack on their loved one will serve a lengthy prison sentence," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Pecora was stabbed multiple times in his apartment on 65th Avenue in 2009. According to criminal charges, Fermaintt then stole Pecora's laptop computer, cell phone and watch before leaving the apartment.
Feminatt will be sentenced on July 20. Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak has indicated that he will sentence Fermaintt to up to 20 years in prison.