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Long Island woman faces murder charge in 2012 killing of Queens man, prosecutors say

Sabrina Hornoff, 42, faces a murder charge in

Sabrina Hornoff, 42, faces a murder charge in connection with the 2012 drug robbery and shooting death of a Queens man whose body was left in a burning SUV in Suffolk, prosecutors said. Hornoff was arrested on Sept. 13, 2014. Credit: SCDA

A Long Island woman faces a murder charge in connection with the 2012 drug robbery and shooting death of a Queens man whose body was left in a burning SUV in Suffolk, prosecutors said Thursday.

Sabrina Hornoff, 42, along with an accomplice who has yet to be charged, lured Felix Hidalgo Jacquez from the Bronx to Suffolk on July 8, 2012, prosecutors said.

Once there, he was shot to death and his body left to burn in the SUV, Assistant District Attorney Robert Biancavilla said Thursday.

"The vehicle and the victim were doused with gasoline and . . . set afire," Biancavilla said.

Biancavilla said Jacquez and Hornoff's accomplice were both drug dealers. Hornoff and the accomplice, who have a child together, intended to rob Jacquez, Biancavilla said.

"We believe the purpose of luring him to Suffolk County and . . . [killing] him was to steal his drugs," he said.

Suffolk police said Jacquez's body and the SUV were found in Medford. Hornoff, who was arrested Sept. 13, faces charges of second-degree murder, second-degree criminal facilitation and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the indictment unsealed Thursday.

The couple's 7-year-old child was in the vehicle with Hornoff when her accomplice was seen on a surveillance video buying gas about the time of the shooting, Biancavilla said.

Biancavilla said Jacquez's cellphone records from the day before his death, surveillance of the gas station and other evidence led them to the couple.

Hornoff's attorney, Daniel A. Russo, entered a not guilty plea before County Court Judge John J. Toomey Jr.

Russo said Hornoff, who recently lived in Florida, has a clean record and didn't shoot Jacquez or set him on fire.

Luigi Illiano, a restaurant manager on Route 112 in Medford, said an employee first noticed the burning SUV in a parking lot 300 feet away. Illiano, who called police, said he'd "never seen a car blow up before."

The couple fled the scene, Biancavilla said.

Russo said Hornoff moved to Florida to be closer to relatives after her accomplice was jailed on unrelated charges. Authorities questioned her there about the killing, Russo said.

"She was alone with her kids and she went to be with family," Russo said.

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