Mele gets 23 years in death of BK woman

Convicted sex offender Michael Mele was sentenced to 23 years behind bars for the 2008 death of an aspiring Brooklyn dancer. Mele had pleaded guilty to manslaughter and tampering with evidence earlier

News 12 Staff

Mar 7, 2012, 12:41 AM

Updated 4,419 days ago

Share:

Mele gets 23 years in death of BK woman
Convicted sex offender Michael Mele was sentenced to 23 years behind bars for the 2008 death of an aspiring Brooklyn dancer.
Mele had pleaded guilty to manslaughter and tampering with evidence earlier this year after admitting that he suffocated 25-year-old Laura Garza in his apartment in 2008. He then dumped her body in a wooded area of Pennsylvania.
Garza's mother and brother cried as they told the judge today about how the murder has affected them.
To watch reaction from Laura Garza's family, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.


More from News 12
1:17
Queens-bound BQE from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street to be closed this weekend

Queens-bound BQE from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street to be closed this weekend

2:01
Spotty gusty showers, limited sunshine Friday for New York City

Spotty gusty showers, limited sunshine Friday for New York City

1:55
Backroom Books turns Red Hook Brewery into bookstore

Backroom Books turns Red Hook Brewery into bookstore

1:46
Police: Man charged with murder in connection to human head, body parts found in Flatbush apartment

Police: Man charged with murder in connection to human head, body parts found in Flatbush apartment

0:38
Police: Uber driver attacked in attempted robbery in East New York; 4 suspects wanted

Police: Uber driver attacked in attempted robbery in East New York; 4 suspects wanted

0:45
13 men plead not guilty to role in Brooklyn synagogue tunnel scuffle

13 men plead not guilty to role in Brooklyn synagogue tunnel scuffle

Police: Shooting suspect used train to flee; 18-year-old injured in Flatbush

Police: Shooting suspect used train to flee; 18-year-old injured in Flatbush

1:00
NYPD: MTA bus strikes elderly woman in Coney Island

NYPD: MTA bus strikes elderly woman in Coney Island

2:15
'City of Yes' plan receiving mixed reviews from Bay Ridge business owners, community board

'City of Yes' plan receiving mixed reviews from Bay Ridge business owners, community board

1:43
One of largest Kosher pantries in Brooklyn gives out hundreds of pounds of Passover food

One of largest Kosher pantries in Brooklyn gives out hundreds of pounds of Passover food

1:48
Leaders and advocates demand Fare Free Bus program expand citywide

Leaders and advocates demand Fare Free Bus program expand citywide

0:33
Brooklyn lawyer arraigned in theft of nearly $4 million from clients

Brooklyn lawyer arraigned in theft of nearly $4 million from clients

1:53
Irth App asking providers to drop biases that Black mothers face in health care

Irth App asking providers to drop biases that Black mothers face in health care

1:46
‘It gives you a sense of purpose’: Veterans graduate from training program at Evergreens Cemetery

‘It gives you a sense of purpose’: Veterans graduate from training program at Evergreens Cemetery

1:37
Mister Cee, a famed hip-hop DJ and key figure behind Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album, dies at 57

Mister Cee, a famed hip-hop DJ and key figure behind Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album, dies at 57

0:37
NYPD: 5 people injured after 89-year-old driver has medical episode in Bensonhurst

NYPD: 5 people injured after 89-year-old driver has medical episode in Bensonhurst

0:25
Police: Man wanted for shooting teenager with BB gun in Ocean Hill

Police: Man wanted for shooting teenager with BB gun in Ocean Hill

2:03
NYC Health Department raising awareness about city's response to rat complaints

NYC Health Department raising awareness about city's response to rat complaints

0:32
Consumer Reports: Lunchables should not be allowed at schools due to lead, sodium levels

Consumer Reports: Lunchables should not be allowed at schools due to lead, sodium levels