By Jonathan Sperling
A Jamaica man who cops say used a knife and wooden cutting board to kill his wife at the couple’s home was charged with murder on Wednesday.
Isidro Pacheco, 56, allegedly walked into the Atari Lane home he shared with his wife Mabel Isabel Galeano, 44, in the middle of the afternoon on May 20. Once inside the home’s kitchen, Pacheco allegedly plunged a knife into his wife’s torso multiple times before bashing her in the head with a wooden cutting board.
“This crime is a tragic case of the most extreme outcome of domestic violence. The defendant in this case is alleged to have brutalized his wife, killing her inside of the home they shared. The defendant now faces spending the rest of his life behind bars,” Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan said in a statement.
After the bloody incident, Galeano managed to escape the home, only to collapse at a neighbor’s house, prosecutors said. She was transported to Jamaica Hospital where she died less than a day later.
Pacheco fled the scene, but turned himself into police just blocks away at the 103rd Precinct while allegedly wearing blood-stained clothing.
He was arraigned last night before Queens Criminal Court Judge Jeffrey Gershuny on charges of second-degree murder and multiple counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Gershuny remanded Pacheco and ordered him to return to court on June 4.
If convicted, Pacheco faces up to 25 years to life in prison.