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Port Chester man gets 18 years in fatal stabbing

Julio Cortez, 54, of Port Chester, sentenced

Julio Cortez, 54, of Port Chester, sentenced to 18 years in state prison Tuesday for fatally stabbing Carlos Guirachocha, 23, in February. (Nov. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's office

A Port Chester man was sentenced to 18 years in state prison after admitting he stabbed another man to death on a downtown street in February.

Julio Cortez, 54, of 66 Poningo St., was sentenced by Westchester County Court Judge Barry Warhit on Tuesday on the basis of his September guilty plea to first-degree manslaughter, Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore said in a statement Tuesday.

On Feb. 7, Cortez fatally stabbed Carlos Guirachocha, 23, of Port Chester, in front of a residence at 131 Poningo St. after an argument. A 911 call led a Port Chester police officer to the scene about 3:55 a.m. The officer found Guirachocha lying facedown on the steps to the entrance of 131 Poningo.

When the officer turned Guirachocha over, he saw blood and a stab wound in the heart area.

Emergency medical personnel arrived and Guirachocha later was pronounced dead.

Police investigators found a large kitchen knife nearby and recovered surveillance video from two buildings. Cortez was arrested and charged Feb. 15.

Assistant District Attorney Kristina Dushaj prosecuted the case. Cortez was represented by Legal Aid attorney Harvey Loeb. Loeb did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday.

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