A Mineola man was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the 2016 murder of Luis Estrada, 31, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced on Thursday.
The Mineola man, Marvin Yanez, 43, murdered Estrada in his sleep in Brierley Park in Hempstead around 11 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2016, by beating him in the head with an unknown object, according to the district attorney’s office.
“Thanks to good detective work and our prosecutors this case was solved and the family of Mr. Estrada now has some justice,” Singas said in a statement.
Yanez was convicted by a jury on Sept. 27 of second degree murder, second degree assault and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, after a two-week long trial before Judge Helene Gugerty and a five-hour long deliberation by a jury, according to the district attorney’s office.
Yanez’s attorney, Jacob Weinstein, said “we’re exploring our options on appeal.”
Yanez and Estrada were fighting near the Laundry Palace on Clinton Avenue in Hempstead around 7:30 p.m. on the night of the murder, Singas said.
During the fight, Yanez grabbed a hammer from his white Ford pickup truck and attacked Estrada in the arm, Singas said. As they fought, Yanez told the Estrada “this war isn’t over, you started this war and I’m going to finish it,” Singas said.
Later that night, Yanez murdered Estrada in the park, according to Singas.
Shortly after Yanez beat Estrada in the park, one of Estrada’s friends searched for him, Singas said. His friend found him around 11:45 p.m. bleeding from blunt force trauma injuries to his head, Singas said.
Estrada later died because of his injuries, Singas said.
Yanez was arrested on Nov. 9, 2016 following an investigation, according to the district attorney’s office.