July 15, 2021 By Allie Griffin
A Corona man was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for fatally shoving his elderly landlord down a flight of stairs last year.
Alex Garces, 23, pushed 71-year-old Edgar Moncayo down the front steps of his Corona home on Jan. 12, 2020, following an argument over unpaid rent. The altercation was caught on video.
The force of the push sent Moncayo flying down the full flight of stairs, onto the sidewalk in front of the 102nd Street home. He can be seen landing on his head and laying still on the sidewalk before the video ends.
Moncayo was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital and died the following day.
Garces had initially claimed that Moncayo accidentally fell, but police were able to review the incident that was caught on tape.
He was indicted on charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault in February 2020 and at the time faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
However, Garces took a plea deal in May, according to the New York Post. He pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault in exchange for a lighter sentence.
A judge sentenced him Wednesday to three years in prison, to be followed by three years’ post release supervision, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
The victim’s family denounced the short sentence outside the court building, the Post reported.
However, Garces pleaded for their forgiveness during the sentencing and acknowledged the “irreparable damage” he caused, according to the newspaper.