June 5, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Joseph Abraham of Yonkers pleaded guilty to Murder in the Second Degree in the stabbing death of his wife in May 2017. Westchester County Court Judge Barry Warhit accepted his plea and scheduled sentencing for Aug. 22, 2018.

On May 21, 2017, at approximately 1:30 a.m., an argument broke out between Abraham and his wife, Amanda Trenck, in their apartment located at 59 Van Cortlandt Park Ave. in Yonkers.   

At approximately 9 a.m., the defendant was found unconscious in a full bathtub. Cuts were visible on both of his wrists and the right side of his neck. The body of Trenck was found in their bedroom slumped over the bed with multiple stab wounds and a large amount of blood visible around her. Following a 911 call, Yonkers Police and emergency services responded to the location. The defendant was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers for treatment. The victim was declared dead at the scene. Two knives were recovered from the bedroom where Trenck’s body was found.

Yonkers detectives interviewed Abraham in the hospital where he was subsequently arrested and charged with his wife’s death.

Abraham faces 25 years-to-life in state prison on Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Strongin of the Superior Court Trial Division and Assistant District Attorney Nadine Nagler, Deputy Bureau Chief the Vehicular Crimes Division, prosecuted the case.

Joseph Abraham

   Joseph Abraham

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