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Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Choking West New York Woman to Death

West New York

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said on Tuesday, March 1, the Honorable Vincent J. Militello, J.S.C., sentenced Edwin Orlando Velasco-Salazar, 24, to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison for causing the death of Irma Doris Contreras in West New York on November 1, 2019.

According to Prosecutor Suarez, Velasco-Salazar, of West New York pleaded guilty to first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter on Monday, October 25, 2021. His sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act.

On November 1, 2019, at approximately 3:41 a.m., Prosecutor Suarez said members of the West New York Police Department responded to the entry vestibule of 214 63rd Street in response to a report of an unconscious female. 

When officers arrived at that location, they found Contreras, 32, in the doorway with no pulse. 

Contreras was transported to Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 4:20 a.m. 

Prosecutor Suarez said the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the Cause of death to be compression of the neck and the Manner of death to be a homicide.

The investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and West New York Police Department determined Velasco-Salazar and Contreras entered the vestibule of 214 63rd Street. 

Street together and then Velasco-Salazar walked out alone. Contreras was found in the doorway several minutes later by three pedestrians. 

Velasco-Salazar was subsequently arrested and charged by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.

The State was represented in this case by Assistant Prosecutor Barbara Drasheff of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.