YONKERS, N.Y. - A Yonkers man has been sentenced to more than two decades in state prison for his role in the blindsided stabbing and eventual death of his victim following a ferocious chase.
On Wednesday, acting Westchester County District Attorney James McCarty announced that Antonio Barnett, 23, was sentenced to 22 years in prison after being convicted of felony counts of manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon.
At approximately 6:20 a.m. on April 18 last year, surveillance video taken from the deli at 45 Palisade Ave. showed the victim walking out of the store, drinking a coffee. The video then shows Barnett making a beeline for the victim, plunging a large kitchen knife into his back before the victim took off toward the Schlobohm House on Schroeder Street with Barnett in pursuit.
Ten minutes later, Yonkers police received an emergency call from a security guard at the apartment complex who alerted them that a man was at the gate wielding a knife attempting to stab another man.
Police and emergency responders reached the scene and found the victim bleeding heavily from his wounds. He was transported to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx and died in surgery two hours later. Police canvassed the area and Barnett was located at a nearby gas station based on witness descriptions.
In addition to his 22 years in prison, Barnett is also required to undergo five years of post-release supervision. Assistant District Attorney Laura Murphy of the Superior Court Trial Division prosecuted the case.
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