In an announcement jointly made today by Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl Graves, and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca, it was revealed that an Elizabeth man has entered a guilty plea for a fatal stabbing that occurred in October 2021.
Alexis Mondesi, 50, admitted guilt in the presence of the Honorable Candido Rodriguez, Jr., to the charge of first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter.
This plea relates to the tragic stabbing death of 21-year-old Yonatan Alexander Vasquez-Torres, a local resident of Elizabeth.
The incident unfolded just before 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 10, 2021, when Elizabeth Police Officers responded to a call in the 300 block of Center Street.
Upon arrival, they discovered Vasquez-Torres with a fatal stab wound. Assistant Prosecutors Bryan Tiscia and Jillian Reyes, who are handling the case, confirmed the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The investigation into the stabbing was a collaborative effort involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, the Elizabeth Police Department, and the Union County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit.
This collective endeavor led to the identification and subsequent arrest of Mondesi.
Sentencing for Alexis Mondesi is scheduled for December 8, 2023, before Judge Rodriguez.
He faces a potential prison term of up to 23 years, with the requirement that he serve at least 85% of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.