Man convicted in fatal 2012 Freeport stabbing gets 25 years to life in prison

Henry Martinez Ramos, 26, was convicted by a Henry Martinez Ramos, 26, was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the stabbing of a 21-year-old on Oct. 20, 2012, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice's office. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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A Freeport man who was convicted in May of fatally stabbing a rival about the head, face, neck and torso up to 86 times was sentenced Monday to serve 25 years to life in prison.

Henry Martinez-Ramos, 26, was sentenced by Nassau County Court Judge Teresa Corrigan six weeks after he was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was acquitted of a trespassing charge.

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The jury deliberated about five hours in the 10-day trial and found that on Oct. 20, 2012, Martinez-Ramos stabbed to death Ermis Alonzo, 21, of Freeport, during a fight on a secluded Freeport street. The two men had a history of tensions, officials said.

Martinez-Ramos then dragged Alonzo's body to nearby railroad tracks and placed railroad ties on top of it in an attempt to conceal it, authorities said. He was arrested the next day.

"This defendant's utter disregard for human life is clear from the brutality of his crime and the multiple injuries he inflicted upon his victim," Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement. "I am pleased that this sentence will mean he will no longer be able to pose a threat to anyone on our streets for a long time to come."

Dana Grossblatt of Jericho, who represented Martinez-Ramos, said she plans to file an appeal.

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"We thank the jury for their consideration of the evidence and we know they worked hard to get a verdict, and the judge thought long and hard about what she was going sentence him to," she said. "But he plans to appeal."

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