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July 11, 2016 -- Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty announced today that Joaquin Recinos Garcia (DOB 07/25/88) of 95 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, New York plead guilty to:

  • one count of Murder in the First Degree, a class “A-1” Felony.

On Aug. 24, 2015 at approximately 6:40 a.m. a jogger running along Route 133 in the Town of Ossining found, by the side of the road, the decomposing body of 62-year-old Luis Blanco of Yonkers.

An autopsy carried out by the Westchester Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Blanco had been stabbed multiple times in the head, neck and torso. He also suffered a bullet wound to the back of his head.

An intensive investigation was carried out by the Ossining Police Department, the Yonkers Police Department, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and the Westchester County Department of Laboratories and Research.

Their investigation revealed that the defendant owed the victim money. Blanco was scheduled to meet with Garcia on Aug. 19, 2015, the day the victim went missing.

It was determined that the defendant along with an unindicted co-conspirator, picked up the victim in the defendant’s Ford SUV in Yonkers on Aug. 19. Garcia told Blanco that he could not pay the money he owed him. When Blanco threatened to inform Garcia’s employer, Garcia became angry, brandished a screwdriver and demanded Blanco hand over all his valuables.

Garcia then proceeded to stab the victim multiple times. The other man in the back seat of the SUV then shot Blanco once in the back of the head.

The defendant was arrested by Ossining Village Police on Sept. 18, 2015.

His remand continues.

The defendant is due to be sentenced on Sept. 8, 2016.

He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life without parole.

Assistant District Attorneys Lana Hochheiser and Julia Cornachio of the Superior Court Trial Division are prosecuting the case.


Joaquin Recinos Garcia

Joaquin Recinos Garcia


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