FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Woman Convicted of Murder for Fatally Stabbing Man in Brownsville
Defendant Arrested after Fleeing to Massachusetts
Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 34-year-old woman from Boston, Massachusetts has been convicted of murder for fatally stabbing a 47-year-old man. The victim was stabbed more than 80 times in his head, neck and chest.
Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant callously and viciously stabbed the victim more than 80 times, killing him. She has now been held accountable for this brutal attack.”
The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Chivona Hughes, 34, of Boston, Massachusetts. She was convicted yesterday of second-degree murder following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog. She will be sentenced on January 11, 2017, at which time she faces up to 25 years to life in prison.
The Acting District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on September 19, 2014, at approximately 4:30 a.m., at 313 Legion Street, in Brownsville, the defendant stabbed Richard Saunders, 47, more than 80 times in the head, neck and chest, killing him. The attack took place in the victim’s home.
According to trial testimony, the defendant left her purse and identification at the victim’s home, along with a bloody palm print on the wall. A knife with the defendant’s DNA on the handle also was recovered at the scene. The defendant fled to Massachusetts and was apprehended in Boston in October 2014.
The Acting District Attorney thanked the Boston Police Department for its assistance in the investigation.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Andres Palacio, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Taub, Chief.