By Alicia Venter
A man faces up to life in prison for allegedly fatally stabbing his brother in his apartment in July.
Henry Gutierrez, 32, was arraigned yesterday on a three count-indictment for his brother’s death according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office. The charges include murder in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and menacing in the second degree.
The charges claim that, following an argument at approximately 6:20 p.m. on July 12, Gutierrez stabbed his 25-year-old brother Oscar Gutierrez numerous times in the neck, torso and arm.
Family members in the home called the police while Gutierrez, evading police. The knife used in the crime was recovered at the scene.
The victim died from his injuries at a nearby hospital.
Gutierrez is of Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica. His court date has been set for Jan. 24 — if convicted, he faces 25-years-to-life in prison.
“This is a horrific family tragedy. One brother is dead, another faces life in prison and everyone else is left to grieve and mourn and deal for the rest of their lives with the emotional trauma,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement. “In the fallen brother’s memory, we will seek justice.”
With this indictment, Gutierrez has been formally charged with the crime by a grand jury. He has not been found guilty of committing the crime.
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