By DANIEL SONNINSHINE
An alleged dispute over sexual advances between two homeless men led to the death of one of them. Thomas LaMartina purposely hit Nicholas McQueen, 65, in the head with a heavy stone outside Emanuel Lutheran Church in Patchogue, a community in Long Island, New York. According to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, the assault, which occurred in 2014, resulted in LaMartina being sentenced to 25 years in prison last week. The term of incarceration was determine by State Supreme Court Justice William Condon.
LaMartina, a 33-year-old, admitted that his intent was to seriously injured McQueen, a man who was more than twice his age at the time of the killing. His admission was delivered during his guilty plea in August.
The bludgeoning occurred as the two men were waiting outside the church, to gain access to a soup kitchen. LaMartina reported to police that McQueen had made unwanted sexual advances toward him, which generated the brutal assault.
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