Haitian jailed for murdering ex-girlfriend

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — A New York Supreme Court judge has sentenced a Haitian national to 24 years to life in the death of his former girlfriend.

Justice Jill Konviser imposed the sentence on Rolanso Lexune, 34, after he was found guilty in the death of Deneisha Smith, 25, also of Brooklyn. Lexune was convicted last month of second-degree murder after a jury trial.

“Domestic violence remains the cause of too many homicides, and my office is committed to obtaining justice for every victim and to work on prevention by identifying and prosecuting all incidents of intimate partner abuse,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

“In this case, the defendant brutally killed a completely innocent woman and will now spend many years in prison for this heinous act,” he added.

The district attorney said that on October 1, 2016, Lexune showed up at Smith's workplace.

“The victim buzzed the defendant into the store and the two are seen interacting, when the defendant suddenly uses force to push the victim into a backroom out of public view, according to surveillance video,” Gonzalez said.

“Further video recovered from the backroom shows the defendant arguing with the victim, looking at her cellphone, assaulting the victim, and ultimately strangling her with his hands before leaving the scene,” he added.

Gonzalez said Smith's body was discovered three hours later by a co-worker.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel, Gonzalez said.

He said Lexune was arrested at his apartment, where he lived with his wife and children, after being identified on the videotape surveillance.

Gonzalez said Smith had a full order of protection against Lexune stemming from an earlier incident.

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