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Homeless Man Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Fatal Stabbing in Jackson Heights

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Feb. 3, 2021 By Christian Murray

A homeless man was sentenced to 17 years in prison today after pleading guilty to manslaughter for the stabbing death of a 25-year-old man in Jackson Heights in 2018.

John Daves, 34, who pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter in December 2020, fatally stabbed Miguel Angel Becerra-Perez, after getting into an argument with the victim at a food truck located at the intersection of 80th Street and Roosevelt Avenue.

The dispute took place while the pair were waiting in line for their food at around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2018, according to the Queens District Attorney.

The argument escalated and Daves then grabbed a knife from the food truck.

He chased Becerra-Perez down the street, before pulling him to the ground and stabbing him in the arm and chest.

“A disagreement between two strangers escalated to a senseless killing of an unarmed man,” said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz in a statement. “I hope this gives the family of the victim some comfort, knowing their loved one’s killer has been held accountable.”

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