Yonkers police charge man in 2004 overpass slaying

Alberto Plasencia, 26, of Yonkers, was arrested Tuesday

Alberto Plasencia, 26, of Yonkers, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the 2004 slaying of a woman who was driving on the Sprain Brook Parkway when a chunk of asphalt, allegedly thrown by Plasencia, smashed through her vehicle. (Jan. 23, 2013) Photo Credit: Yonkers Police Department

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Eight years after a 48-year-old woman was killed when a chunk of concrete was thrown into her car as she drove south on the Sprain Brook Parkway, police have charged a Yonkers man with her murder, officials said Wednesday.

Alberto Plasencia, 26, of Yonkers, was arrested Tuesday by the cold case unit of the Yonkers Police Department and charged with second-degree murder.

Marie McSweeney of Queens died April 24, 2004, when the 10-inch-long concrete chunk crashed through the driver's side windshield and hit her on the head. McSweeney's 87-year-old mother survived the crash as the vehicle traveled about a third of a mile, hit a guardrail support beam and veered into a wooded area near the Desmond Avenue off-ramp.

A news release by the Yonkers Police Department cites the work of Det. John Geiss in identifying Plasencia.

The Westchester County district attorney's office said new information came to light in 2009 that led to Plasencia's arrest. A spokesman would not elaborate.

Plasencia, who was remanded to Westchester County Jail, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted.

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A call to Plasencia's attorney was not immediately returned. His next court date is Jan. 31.

With The Associated Press


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