Brooklyn man convicted of murder, arson in killing of NYC chef

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September 20, 2019 - 3:26 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Brooklyn man has been convicted of murder, arson and burglary for stabbing a chef to death in 2016 and then setting the apartment on fire to cover up the crime.

    District Attorney Eric Gonzalez Jr. announced Friday that 21-year-old Jakheem Scott has been convicted by a jury in the killing of 61-year-old Romulo Heras.

    Prosecutors say Scott stabbed Heras 31 times during a burglary inside Heras' apartment on Jan. 22, 2016 and then set six separate fires.

    Scott fled to Virginia and was apprehended in May 2016.

    Heras was a chef at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village. Gonzalez called the guilty verdict ``a small measure of justice'' for the victim's family.

    Scott faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced next month.