Riverside man reaches plea deal in 2020 girlfriend murder
A Riverside man accused of stabbing his girlfriend in front of his 9-year-old daughter reached a plea deal on Monday, just a day before jury selection for his trial began.
Bayron Fajardo-Gonzalez, 34, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after he fatally stabbed his girlfriend at his Riverside home, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney.
“This appeal will not bring the victim back, nor erase the brutal acts witnessed by her young daughter,” Tierney said in a statement on Tuesday. “However, this defendant will now be serving a lengthy prison sentence and his family and loved ones will hopefully be able to rest a little easier knowing that the defendant has been brought to justice.”
According to court documents, Mr Fajardo-Gonzalez had an argument with the victim, Tania Fox, 45, earlier on the evening of August 10, 2020 and arrived home to find Ms Fox and her daughter locked in the bedroom of the child to avoid it.
He then came out and smashed a bedroom window and broke into the house, causing Mrs. Fox and her daughter to run upstairs and hide in an attic.
From there, the prosecutor said Ms Fox discreetly called a cousin and told her: ‘If anything happens to me, Bayron is guilty. Please take care of [my daughter.]”
Mr Fajardo-Gonzalez then stabbed Ms Fox “several times in the chest” while her daughter was next to her, according to a criminal complaint.
The child was able to escape the attic and call 911, the DA said, and officers from the City of Southampton Police Department arrived at the Ludlam Avenue home moments later and arrested Mr Fajardo- González.
Ms Fox was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where she was later pronounced dead.
A mother of four, Ms Fox was described by relatives at the time as a hard-working, selfless worker who “went above and beyond” for everyone around her. She had worked as a kitchen helper at a nearby Head Start program.
After an initial appearance in Southampton City Court, Mr Fajardo-Gonzalez was indicted by a grand jury for the murder and remanded to the county jail.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John Scarglato of the Narcotics Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Melissa Grier of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau, according to a news release.
Mr Fajardo-Gonzalez faces 20 years to life in prison and will be sentenced before Judge Anthony Senft of Suffolk County Court in Riverside on April 27.