Deliveryman killer to be sentenced tomorrow

UPDATE: DANTE THATCHER, THE CONFESSED KILLER, WAS SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON.

The man who gunned down a 25-year-old deliveryman in a downtown Yonkers apartment building will be sentenced on Tuesday, and his sister, who became a Yonkers councilwoman after her brother’s slaying, is expected to give a victim’s impact statement in court.

The victim, Martin Antonio Perez (left), was working as for the now-closed Emerald Diner when he was called to make an $18 food delivery to 50 Hawthorne Ave. on Dec. 17, 2007. Police said he might have been lured to the 18th floor for a fake order before he was confronted by attackers who wanted to rob him.

Perez’s body was found in a 12th floor stairwell. His daughter, Kayla, was just 7 months old when he was killed.

The senseless slaying led to an outpouring of community outrage and numerous donations to Kayla Perez’s college fund. It also turned the victim’s sister, Virginia Perez (right), into an anti-violence activist. She was elected to the City Council in November.

Two days after the fatal shooting, police arrested 18-year-old Xavier Goodwine and charged him with murder. But police suspected that Goodwine wasn’t the lone attacker and placed billboards around the city offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to additional arrests.

Dante Thatcher of Yonkers was arrested last year as the gunman and was indicted on murder, attempted robbery and weapons charges. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, the top count of the indictment, on Jan. 30.

Goodwine pleaded guilty in October to first-degree attempted robbery. His sentencing date was set for April 19.

 

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.