County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Walter Maddox (DOB 6/17/77) of 216 Buena Vista Avenue, Yonkers, New York was sentenced today to life in
state prison without parole after a jury trial that convicted him of:
one count of Murder in the
First Degree, a class “A-1” Felony,
two counts of Murder in the
Second Degree, class “A-1” Felonies,
one count of Predatory Sexual
Assault, a class “A” Felony,
five counts of Rape in the
First Degree, class “B” Felonies,
one count of Criminal Sexual
Act in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony,
and one count of Assault in
the Second Degree, a class “D” Felony,
relating to the homicide of Roberta Galicia at the Yonkers
Laundromat on Hawthorne Avenue on December
and the rape of two women during the summer of 2008.
morning of December 8, 2008, police were called to the
Yonkers Laundromat on Hawthorne Avenue where they found the lifeless
body of an employee, Roberta Galicia, who had been raped and strangled.
Detectives investigating the case linked the crime to two other forcible
rapes Maddox committed on June 30 and August 31, 2008.
On June 30, 2008, at approximately , a woman was raped in O’Boyle
Park by the defendant who dragged the victim to a secluded area of the park
where he raped her and choked her into unconsciousness.
second rape occurred on August 31, 2008 at approximately when
the defendant raped a second woman in an apartment just a few feet from
O’Boyle Park also choking her.
defendant is a sexual predator and murderer whose sentence appropriately
reflects the depravity of his crimes. The overwhelming evidence, including
irrefutable DNA matches in all three crimes, proved to the jury that Mr. Maddox
committed the three rapes and murder,” commented District Attorney DiFiore after
the sentencing. “Persistent and tenacious detective work by the Yonkers Police
Department along with the DNA analysis conducted by the
Westchester County Department of Labs and Research was instrumental in developing
the murder case against the defendant and subsequently connecting him to the two
previous rapes resulting in his conviction and life sentence in state prison without
Green, Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Wendy Parra of the Sex Crimes Bureau prosecuted the case.