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Nassau jury convicts Hempstead man in laundry murder

A Nassau jury on Tuesday found a Hempstead man guilty of stabbing another man to death in the rear of a Hempstead laundry in March 2013, authorities said.

Luis Moreno, 38, of Hempstead, who, trial testimony and evidence showed, firmly held Darwin Hernandez, 28, of Hempstead during the crime, was found guilty of second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to acting Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas.

"In the course of committing this brutal crime, Mr. Moreno held his victim's jacket to ensure that he could not flee -- all while stabbing Mr. Hernandez numerous times across his body, including his hands, as he attempted to defend himself," Singas said in a statement. "Today's guilty verdict ensures that this violent criminal will be off our streets for a long time to come."

Moreno was arrested near the scene of the crime, Laundry Palace at 416 Clinton St., three weeks after the March 2, 2013 homicide.

His attorney, Jeffrey Groder of Mineola, said his client was upset with the jury's decision.

"He's obviously disappointed in the verdict and he will appeal," Groder said at the conclusion of the seven-day trial before acting state Supreme Court Justice Helene Gugerty.

Moreno faces up to 25 years to life in prison. He is due back in court for sentencing on July 15.


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