Lau pleads guilty to murdering Jami Erlich

Valley Cottage resident Eric Lau pleaded guilty this morning to murdering his neighbor Jami Erlich, a Ramapo elementary school gym teacher in November 2009.

Lau, 34, admitted he hid inside her Valley Cottage condominium, hit her across the head with a blunt object and slit her throat. Lau asked to make a statement about killing the 32-year-old Ramapo gym teacher rather than answer questions from the prosecutor. They both lived in Lake Road Condominiums.

Lau faces 22 years to life in prison for second-degree murder when sentenced June 22 by state Supreme Court Justice William A. Kelly at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City.

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Photo on left is Jami Erlich and, on the right, Eric Lau


Steve Lieberman

Steve Lieberman joined The Journal News as an editor in February 1984 and became a reporter during the spring of 1986. He has covered police, courts and legal issues for more than a decade, after reporting on county, town, village and state governments and general issues. He received more than a dozen state awards for writing and reporting. Born and raised in The Bronx, he has lived in Rockland since 1988.