2015-09-02 / Front Page

18-Years For Elmhurst Wife Stabber

A 48-year-old Elmhurst man was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison for fatally stabbing his estranged wife inside her Corona apartment in December 2014, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Maria Paguay, 37, who was separated from her husband, Luis Paguay, had recently engaged in a new relationship, prosecutors said. When Paguay learned of his ex-wife’s new man, he became enraged and went to the woman’s basement apartment on Junction Boulevard in Corona on December 4, prosecutors said.

Paguay confessed to police that he stabbed the woman multiple times in the neck and chest, then wrote a fake suicide note and left the apartment with their 2-year-old toddler.

The woman’s 19-year-old son found his mother dead on the kitchen floor of the apartment when he returned home at about 6 p.m. on December 4, prosecutors said. The son also found a blood soaked kitchen knife beside her body and the fake note on a table in the apartment, prosecutors said.

Pagyay, who lived close to the apartment, returned to the scene with the unharmed toddler hours later.

Paguay then headed to work at a Whitestone restaurant, where surveillance footage showed him washing his bloodied shoes in a sink, Brown said. He later confessed to the murder and to writing the suicide note, Brown said.

Paguay pleaded guilty in June to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 18-years in prison. As part of his sentencing, Paguay was ordered to serve five years of post-release supervision when he is released from prison.

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