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Queens Man Who Fatally Stabbed Half-Brother 137 Times Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

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July 8, 2021 By Christian Murray

A man who killed his half-brother by stabbing him 137 times has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and faces 19 years in prison, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

Wkorasky Voltaire, 30, pleaded guilty Wednesday for the stabbing death of his half-brother McKenzie Placide that took place inside an uninhabited house on 208th Street in Queens Village at around 5 a.m. on May 14, 2020.

According to court records, Voltaire met Placide at the vacant house where they both had once lived and was in possession of two kitchen knives. The two got into a dispute that escalated and Voltaire pulled out one of the knives and stabbed his 22-year-old half-brother.

When the knife blade broke, Placide tried to make an escape by running out of the house. However, Voltaire caught up with him and repeatedly stabbed him with the second knife and left him in the street.

When officers arrived, Placide was still alive and told police that it was his half-brother who attacked him. He died soon afterwards in hospital. Police said Placide had 137 stab wounds.

“This was a senseless act of violence,” said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz in a statement. “The defendant has now admitted his guilt and will be sentence by the court for taking a life.”

Voltaire, of 138th Avenue in Laurelton, is due back in court for sentencing on July 21. Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder indicated that he would sentence Voltaire to 19 years in prison, to be followed by five years’ post release supervision.

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