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Passaic Man Agrees To At Least 10 Years In Stabbing Death Plea

Brandon Sanabria
Brandon Sanabria Photo Credit: COURTESY: Passaic County Prosecutor's Office

PASSAIC, N.J. – A 24-year-old Passaic man will spend at least 10 years in state prison before being eligible for parole after admitting that he stabbed another man to death with a pocket knife.

Brandon Sanabria also must undergo five years of parole supervision following his release, under the terms of a plea deal with prosecutors.

Sanabria admitted that he stabbed Alejandro Leal, 31, of Passaic several times during the early morning hours of Jan. 18, 2015 in the area of Highland Avenue and Hope Avenue in Passaic, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said.

Sanabria said he stabbed Leal in the head and neck without being attacked in any way, then discarded the knife, Valdes said.

Sanabria pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in exchange for a 16-year sentence.

Handling the case for the state was Assistant Prosecutor Nubar C. Kasaryan. Sanabria was represented by Assistant Deputy Public Defender Jeremy Richmond.

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