Defendant convicted of murder, arson in killing of NYC chef

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NEW YORK (AP) — A Brooklyn man has been convicted of murder, arson and burglary for stabbing a chef to death in 2016 and then setting the apartment on fire to cover up the crime.

District Attorney Eric Gonzalez Jr. announced Friday that 21-year-old Jakheem Scott has been convicted by a jury in the killing of 61-year-old Romulo Heras.

Prosecutors say Scott stabbed Heras 31 times during a burglary inside Heras’ apartment on Jan. 22, 2016 and then set six separate fires.

Scott fled to Virginia and was apprehended in May 2016.

Heras was a chef at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village. Gonzalez called the guilty verdict “a small measure of justice” for the victim’s family.

Scott faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced next month.

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