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Inwood Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Fatal Williamsburg Stabbing

By Trevor Kapp | January 9, 2017 3:42pm
 Ramon Escobar, 59, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the April 2011 murder of bike messenger David Fernandez.
Ramon Escobar, 59, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the April 2011 murder of bike messenger David Fernandez.
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BROOKLYN — An Inwood man who was on the lam for four years after fatally stabbing a bike messenger on a Williamsburg street corner in April 2011 was sentenced to 20 years behind bars Monday, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.

Ramon Escobar, 59, fatally knifed David Fernandez, 46, on the corner of South Ninth and Roebling streets after accusing Fernandez of making inappropriate contact with his girlfriend, prosecutors said.

After a verbal spat, Escobar said, “I am going to kill him,” then went to a store, bought a pair of 8-inch knives and returned to stab Fernandez in the thigh. The wound pierced the bone and severed major blood vessels, ultimately killing him, the DA’s office said.

Escobar was arrested in April 2015 after an eyewitness came forward. He was connected to the crime through DNA and surveillance footage and was ultimately convicted of manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon in November, prosecutors said.

Fernandez’s daughter was set to get married the week after his murder.

“The victim was a loving father, just one week from walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding,” Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez said in a statement. “The defendant’s taking of human life over something so trivial is unconscionable.”