Defendant: Clifford Ali (DOB 08/06/63)

July 16, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Clifford Ali of Mount Vernon has been sentenced to 25-years-to-life in state prison in the murder of his roommate Martin Lisnak, 74, in their Mount Vernon home. Ali was found guilty of Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-1 felony, May 17, 2018, following a jury trial before Westchester County Court Judge Barry Warhit.

On Nov. 21, 2016, at approximately 1:25 p.m., Mount Vernon Police received a 911 call. The call was made by the defendant who falsely claimed the victim had been robbed and beaten on the street, was not breathing, and was in his home at 214 South Fifth Avenue, Mount Vernon. Police responded and found Lisnak naked and brutally beaten, lying in a pool of blood in his bed. He had been dead for some period of time.

An autopsy revealed Lisnak had been beaten more than 20 times about his body with multiple canes. Three canes were found in the apartment. The victim died from blunt force trauma as a result of that final vicious beating. Ali testified at trial and maintained his innocence. He claimed a neighbor may have been the perpetrator. The jury rejected the defendant’s claim and found him guilty of Murder in the Second Degree.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lana Hochheiser, Deputy Chief of the Homicide Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Strongin.


police photograph of Clifford Ali

Clifford Ali


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