Up to 15 Years in Prison for Murder

Up to 15 Years in Prison for Murder

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Stetson-Shanahan stabbed Carolyn Bush to death in their second-floor apartment on Stanhope Street in Ridgewood.

By Forum Staff

A Ridgewood man has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison after being found guilty earlier this year of stabbing his roommate to death in September 2016, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Thursday.

Render Stetson-Shanahan, 30, was convicted in February of second-degree manslaughter. Stetson-Shanahan was sentenced via Skype to five to 15 years in prison.

According to trial testimony, shortly before midnight on Sept. 28, 2016, police responded to a report of a man wearing only underwear and wandering his Ridgewood neighborhood with a knife. Copseventually found Stetson-Shanahanat his apartment on Stanhope Street. He was in his bed and was bleeding from a self-inflicted wound to his right thigh. Police also discovered Carolyn Bush, 26, in the next room, bleeding profusely from numerous stab wounds. Bush had been stabbed multiple times in her neck and torso. The puncture wounds caused massive injuries to her heart and lungs, and severed an artery. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

“The defendant in this case showed no mercy when he repeatedly plunged a knife into this young woman’s body,” Katz said. “The victim’s heart was punctured along with her lung and a major artery. The defendant chose to have a non-jury trial, and after weighing all the evidence the Court found him guilty of manslaughter.”


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