A Queens man who blamed “demonic possession” as the reason he killed his girlfriend has been sentenced to up to 28 years in prison.
Luis Zambrano, 31, of Flushing, was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years for the 2015 manslaughter of his girlfriend, Angie Escobar, and up to three years in an unrelated attempted burglary in 2013, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced.
“The defendant, who professed to love [Escobar], repeatedly plunged a knife into her body and, to hide his cowardly actions, stuffed her bloody remains in the trunk of her own car,” Brown said in a statement.
The medical examiner reported that Zambrano stabbed Escobar around Sept. 6, 2015, and officials found her body stuffed in the trunk of her car, which had been abandoned in Whitestone, Queens, Brown added.
“If you believe in demonic possession, you’d know I was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, I barely remember what happened,” Zambrano said in court during his sentencing, the New York Daily News reported, adding that Escobar had suffered 80 stab wounds from a pair of scissors.
“You have forever changed the lives of everyone in this room. Demonic possession — that’s an excuse. You met her for a month and you slaughtered her body … you didn’t give a damn about her,” Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder was quoted by the Daily News in response to Zambrano’s excuse.
Zambrano was arrested on Sept. 18 in Virginia, according to the DA, who added that he waived extradition to New York.
“He was captured just days [after the incident], returned to Queens County, and today the court meted out a sentence that, under the circumstances, is more than warranted,” Brown said.