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Mount Vernon Man Arraigned On Manslaughter Charges For Fatal Stabbing

Donte Pace is facing manslaughter charges in Westchester.
Donte Pace is facing manslaughter charges in Westchester. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The Mount Vernon man accused of the fatal stabbing a 24-year-old Yonkers resident last year has been arraigned on manslaughter and weapons charges.

According to Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Donte Pace, 22, has been arraigned in Westchester County Court on Wednesday, where he was formally charged with manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon following the assault of his victim last October.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 last year, Yonkers police officers were on patrol in the third precinct when they were flagged by a group of people near the intersection of Elm and Walnut Street.

According to police, they observed a male victim lying on the sidewalk outside of an Elm Street home, unresponsive and bleeding from a stab wound to his torso. Paramedics were called to the scene, providing treatment as he was transported to St Joseph’s Hospital for evaluation.

The victim, who was later identified as James Puryear, was pronounced dead at the hospital less than an hour later. The Yonkers Police Detective Division Major Case Squad then launched an investigation, which led to the arrest of Pace, who has been held at the Westchester County Jail.

Pace pleaded not guilty and bail has been set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond. He is due back in court on Wednesday, March 15, where he will face up to 25 years in state prison.

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