Elmhurst Man Convicted In Subway Stabbing
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today that a 21-year-old Elmhurst resident has been sentenced to 24 years to life in prison in the fatal stabbing of a 27-year-old Woodhaven resident at an elevated subway station in July of 2010. The victim was stabbed after going to the station to help his younger brother, who was allegedly punched by a member of a group of young people that included the defendant.
Brown said, “The sentence imposed today is more than warranted and punishes the defendant for his senseless and vicious act of violence that robbed a young man of his life and his family of his companionship.”
The district attorney identified the defendant as Benjamin Moreira, 21, of Elbertson Street in Elmhurst. Moreira was convicted in December 2012 of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, tampering with physical evidence and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak who imposed today’s indeterminate sentence of 24 years to life in prison.
Brown said that, according to the charges, Dario Paiva, 27, was at home at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Jul. 30, 2010, when his mother told him that his younger brother, Khristian Paiva, 20, might need help after overhearing a commotion during a telephone call with him. Exiting the house, Paiva met up with his brother minutes later on 85th Street and was told that the alleged attackers had fled up the stairs of the 85th Street-Forest Parkway subway station to the J train platform. Paiva then went up to the platform to look for them and, after a brief verbal exchange, was stabbed once in the chest by Moreira. Paiva was transported to a local Queens hospital where he died a short time later.