A drug-addicted ex-con who strangled his girlfriend to death with a scarf in the East Village and broke his pregnant ex-girlfriend’s jaw will serve 20 years behind bars as part of a plea deal.
Henry Pacheco, 38, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in Manhattan Supreme Court for the Jan. 4, 2017, murder of 27-year-old Brooke Garcia, and the brutal assault of a 38-year-old woman days earlier.
After following a trail of blood from the front door, a family friend found Garcia’s lifeless body covered in a sheet, the scarf still around her neck, in her aunt’s ninth-floor apartment at the Lillian Wald Houses on Ave. D near E. Houston St.
On Dec. 31, 2016, Pachecho punched and stomped his ex in another East Village building, after he tried to steal money and her 7-year-old son’s PlayStation.
“One minute my sister was here, and the next she was gone. Gone forever,” Garcia’s sister, Tatty Garcia, said at the sentencing, choking back tears. “I miss my sister so much — her hugs, her smile, her contagious laugh that fills the room. I wish I could hear her voice again.”
Pacheco’s lawyer, David Nasar, called the murder a “perfect example of what human beings can do if ravaged by narcotics.” He said both victims and Pacheco were addicts.