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Sentencing Tuesday in Rene Charles’ 1994 killing in Spring Valley


Daniel Jean-Baptiste, 69, of Spring Valley faces 12 years in prison Tuesday when he’s sentenced for orchestrating the killing of Rene Charles in 1994 in the driveway of his Spring Valley house.

Jean-Baptiste pleaded guilty in January to first-degree manslaughter. He admitted convincing another man to shoot Charles, who apparently was having an affair with Jean-Baptiste’s wife. The manslaughter count carries a sentence of five to 25 years.

During his January guilty plea, Jean-Baptiste identified the shooter as Mouchy Toussaint, as did prosecutor Stephen Moore. Toussaint, who lives in Haiti, has not been charged and has twice denied any role in the killing when questioned by the Spring Valley.

Jean-Baptiste will be sentenced by County Court Judge William Nelson. Charles’ son, Yanel, is expected to speak for his family, including his three sisters and mother.

This entry was posted on Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 5:21 pm by Steve Lieberman. |
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