FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for
Fatally Stabbing His Ex-Wife’s Girlfriend
Defendant kicked and punched victim before stabbing her in the heart and face
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 37-year-old Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for stabbing his ex-wife’s girlfriend to death after finding her asleep in his ex-wife’s bed. According to the investigation, the stabbing happened in front of the defendant’s four children.
District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant attacked and stabbed to death an innocent and helpless young woman who had her whole life ahead of her. He also left his children to live with the traumatic memory of his actions. I hope that the victim’s family finds some small solace with his conviction and today’s lengthy prison term.”
The District Attorney identified the defendant as Alwasi Tyson, 37, of Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Laura Johnson to 20 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision. The defendant pleaded guilty earlier this month to first-degree manslaughter.
The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on May 14, 2016, at approximately 5:30 a.m., the defendant drunkenly forced his way into his ex-wife’s apartment, located on Clarkson Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. After pushing his way past his ex-wife at the front door he forced his way into her bedroom, where he found the victim, Toni Cox, 22, sleeping. He then pulled the victim out of the bed, kicked and punched her repeatedly, then stabbed her in the heart and face, causing her death.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Andy Palacio, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough, Bureau Chief.