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Mount Vernon Man Sentenced To Prison For Role In 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. - A Westchester County man has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty to his involvement in the fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old Yonkers resident.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced on Wednesday athat 22-year-old Mount Vernon resident Donte Pace has ben sentenced to 14-years in state prison after pleading guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter earlier this year for his role in the fatal assault of his victim last October.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Oct. 18 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.

Scarpino said that Pace’s victim was walking eastbound on Elm Street between Oak and Walnut Streets when Pace stabbed him with a “bladed instrument.” His victim was unarmed. Pace proceeded to flee the scene.

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 10 days later.

An examination by the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Puryear died from a stab wound to the chest that resulted in damage to the heart and internal bleeding.

Pace has been remanded into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections.

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