1 morning, 3 sentencings in Westchester courts

Busy day in Westchester County court today. Not only did the defense opened its case in the domestic violence trial of White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley, but three high-profile felons were sentenced for crimes including murder, vehicular manslaughter, grand larceny and insurance fraud.

Acting state Supreme Court Justice Richard Molea carried out a disposition and sent Alejandro Macias Barajas to prison for 22 years in the beating and stabbing death of a Hartsdale man who he claimed made unwanted sexual advances toward him. The victim’s mother was in court and described her heartbreak over losing her only son.

Meanwhile, Westchester County Judge Barbara Zambelli ordered White Plains dentist Joanne Baker to jail for six months (she’ll get credit for the 10 weeks she’s been there) for bilking MetLife out of nearly $9,000 with phony patient bills. Her pre-sentencing statement was interesting. We’ll learn in two days if she’ll spent a few more months at the county jail or be sent to state prison.

Zambelli also sentenced drunken driver Louis Nardella to serve 2 to 6 years in state prison for a violent crash that killed 29-year-old Amy Taylor of New Rochelle. The victim’s twin sister, Jennifer Taylor, spoke in court and moved family members to tears. Even the prosecutor was choked up. We may be hearing of “Amy’s Law” after this.

Landscaper pleads guilty in beating, stabbing death in Hartsdale

A 21-year-old landscaper admitted in court today that he murdered a 44-year-old hotel manager in his Hartsdale condominium, after claiming the victim made unwanted sexual advances after inviting him out for a drink.

Alejandro Macias Barajas (left) pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and possession of stolen property in the beating and stabbing death of Leonid “Lenny” Eylinkrig nearly a year ago.

Prosecutors said Macias Barajas killed Eylinkrig between 8 and 10 p.m. on Sept. 12, stole the victim’s credit cards and cell phone from the apartment and fled in Eylinkrig’s car.

Macias Barajas, a Mexican immigrant who was here on a legal visa, agreed to serve 22 years to life in state prison as part of his plea in Westchester County Court. He faced a life sentence without parole had he been convicted at trial.

Acting state Supreme Court Justice Richard Molea said he would sentence Macias Barajas  on  Nov. 16.

According to court records, Macias Barajas told Greenburgh detectives that he agreed to meet Eylinkrig for a drink and went to his apartment at the High Point condos on Sept. 12. He said that when  Eylinkrig came onto him, he punched him and beat him unconscious with a beer mug. He then stabbed him in the chest with a metal pick, according to police statements.

Eylinkrig, a Ukranian immigrant, was the director of services at the La Guardia Airport Marriott amd taught business, computers and management at New York City College of Technology.

His body was discovered by police the afternoon of Sept. 13 after his mother was concerned that he had never picked her up for Rosh Hashana services that morning and wasn’t answering his phone.

It was the second homicide that weekend in Greenburgh. The previous morning, owner Anthony Fizzinoglia was found shot to death in the office of his Lukoil gas station on Tarrytown Road. That murder remains unsolved.

Detectives had been working around-the-clock on the first killing when they learned of the second. Within 10 hours, they tracked down Barajas through cell-phone records and discovered Eylinkrig’s car behind 8 East Hartsdale Ave., where Barajas lived. They took him to Greenburgh police headquarters, where he gave a statement.