2016-04-27 / Front Page

28-Years For ‘Possessed’ Killer

By Liz Goff
A 30-year-old Whitestone man who fled to Virginia after stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death and hiding her body in her car was sentenced last week to 26-years in prison.

Luis Zambrano pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on March 31, in the death of Angie Escobar, 28, who was last seen with Zambrano on the evening of September 4, 2015.

” If you believe in demonic possession, you’d know I was under the influence of drugs and alcohol,” Zambrano said in a statement to Escobar’s family. “I barely remember what happened.”

Escobar’s decomposing body was found on September 10, in the trunk of her 2004 Nissan Maxima, which had been abandoned near Zambrano’s Whitestone home.

The hulking Zambrano hid out in Daleville, Va., after the murder. He was arrested in Virginia on September 18 and waived extradition to New York.

In pleading guilty to the manslaughter charge, Zambrano admitted to intending to cause serious physical injury to Escobar, who suffered 80 stab wounds with a scissor.

“You’re evil. You’re a monster. You’re disgusting,” Escobar’s heartbroken younger sister shouted at Zambrano. “I said from the beginning that you’re a psycho. You killed my one any only sister and left those boys without a mom,” Amy Escobar said.

“If it means anything, I’m living in a hell hole,” Zambrano told the court. “In Rikers Island, where people are disgusting.”

Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder blasted Zambrano in a pre-sentencing statement. “You have forever changed the lives of everyone in this room,” Holder said. “Demonic possession – that’s an excuse. You didn’t give a damn about her.”

“A young mother – the mother of two small children – had her life senselessly and violently cut short,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. “The defendant, who professed to love her, repeatedly plunged a knife into her body and to hide his cowardly actions, stuffed her bloody remains in the trunk of her own car. And then this killer fled the state hoping to escape justice,” Brown said. “He was captured just days later, returned to Queens County and today the court meted out a sentence that, under the circumstances, is more than warranted.”

Zambrano also pleaded guilty to a prior attempted burglary charge at his March 31st court appearance, Brown said. Holder sentenced Zambrano to an additional two-years in prison for that crime.

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