A Jamaica, Queens woman has been sentenced to 23 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the meat cleaver slaying of her aunt in March of 2017 and for raping a teenage relative between December 2016, and January 2017 and again in March 2017.
Acting District Attorney John Ryan said, “This defendant brutally took the life of her close relative, someone who took her into her home when the woman did not have a place to stay. This was a brutal attack that has traumatized an entire family. On top of that, the defendant also admitted to raping a teenage male relative several times. The sentence imposed today by the Court punishes this defendant for her criminal actions and hopefully brings closure to this family.”
The District Attorney identified the defendant as Elizabeth Sanchez aka Digna Sanchez-Ortiz, 32, of 174 Street in Jamaica, Queens. The defendant pleaded guilty on June 20, 2019, to first-degree th manslaughter and second-degree rape before Queens Supreme Court Justice Ira H. Margulis. who imposed today’s sentence of 23 years in prison on the manslaughter conviction and 2 1/3 to 7 years on the rape charge, the sentences are to run concurrently and to be followed by five years’ post release supervision.
Acting District Attorney Ryan said that, according to the charges, on March 16, 2017, Sanchez attacked her aunt, Maria Palaguachi, 50, with a meat cleaver inside the house the pair shared. The victim was struck multiple times on the head, back and shoulder and she died as a result of these injuries.
A motive for the attack was not revealed.